Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

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Mindfulness Approaches

  • Alissa M. ButtsEmail author
  • Angela Lunde
  • Jane H. Cerhan
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_190-1



Mindfulness is “the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment” (p. 145) (Kabat-Zinn 2003).


Mindfulness is an ancient practice that has gained popularity in Western cultures in the past few decades. There is a large body of research demonstrating a wealth of benefits of mindfulness practices in the adult population. Recently, there is growing interest in the benefits of mindfulness and its many approaches in the elderly given this population’s unique characteristics and challenges. In an era with increased awareness, inquisition, and proactive attitudes toward healthy aging, there is keen interest in behaviors and practices that may help prevent negative effects of aging. Excitingly, many mindfulness-based approaches are extending into the doctor’s office as a way to improve or maintain wellness throughout the life span, including in...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alissa M. Butts
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Angela Lunde
    • 1
  • Jane H. Cerhan
    • 2
  1. 1.Mayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Division of Neurocognitive DisordersMayo ClinicRochesterUSA