A ceremony of losses
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Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) originate with Buddha’s teaching and include formal and informal practices that help us “proceed with care". This chapter describes some ways that MBIs can provide essential pathways for navigating aging as well as for caregivers to those experiencing the aging process. The trajectory of aging takes infinite varieties. Many elders continue to live in their homes, perhaps with physical adaptations and caregivers. Other elders may move to assisted living, housing that provides both physical and caregiving support. The frailest elders may reside in long-term care institutions, traditionally modeled on hospitals. Reducing caregiver stress is important and feasible with adapted mindfulness skills. Ultimately teaching caregivers may be the most important way one can bring mindfulness to frail elders. The programs and practices proved helpful to both elders and caregivers within the challenging context of institutional living.