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Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A Cam Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers Paperback – March 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0826115119 ISBN-10: 082611511X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; 1 edition (March 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082611511X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826115119
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, is a geriatric social worker who has worked with elders and their caregivers for 27 years. For the past 13 years she has integrated mindfulness and other complementary therapies into her practice with frail elders in the nursing home and those who are homebound; elders with cognitive and physical challenges; patients at the end of life; and their formal and informal caregivers. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals and presented at national and international conferences.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo S. on March 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a clear, accessible and wholehearted presentation of a skillfull way of caring for our elderly and ourselves as their caregivers. McBee brings mindfulness into elder care with a wholistic approach which is not often found in nursing homes and assisted living environments and in general in how many of us deal with older people. The information, practices and reflections are useful for professional care givers, researchers, experts in geriatric care/health and regular folks like you and me, who deal with aging of our loved ones and ourselves. Beautifully written, a mindful reminder to all of us that we all travel this road and can bring a new perspective and attitude to how we respond to this inevitable part of life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lily on March 28, 2008
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Ms. McBee's writing is clear and enjoyable. The organization and material in this book makes it an extremely valuable resource for those working with elders, living with elders, those who spend any time with elders and those hoping to be elders themselves one day. Best of all- Ms. McBee's inclusion of stories and anecdotes and her personal syle of writing. An exceptional book of mindfulness practice and living life with more awarness, kindness and compassion in all stages.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann Petrie on October 26, 2008
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This is a must read book, not only for those in the "elder care" professions, such as nursing homes, but for ordinary people who may have the responsibility of caring for their aging parents. The author, Lucia McBee has based her practice of "mindfulness" on comprehensive scientific research but, for me, the most valuable of the many exercises she recommends comes from her personal experience as a geriatric social worker. The writing is clear, practical and empathetic. I wish the book had been available as I moved my ailing mother from one assisted care place to another searching for the kind of mindfulness-based elder care that Lucia McBee describes in this book. It is care that can make a person's last years as peaceful and pleasurable possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martha Stettinius on January 25, 2014
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When I started caring for my mother, Judy, in 2005, I never paid much attention to “mindfulness” practices (such as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises) to reduce stress. As I juggled dementia caregiving with my job and family, my own health took a back seat. If Lucia McBee’s book “Mindfulness-Based Elder Care” had been available when I began my caregiving journey, I might have figured out much earlier than I did that caregiving can be more enjoyable if you take it one moment at a time, concentrating on “being” with a person, not just running around doing things for them.

“The essential practice of mindfulness,” McBee writes, “involves being present in each moment.” Striving toward compassion for ourselves and others, and letting go of judgment and self-judgment, are also important parts of mindfulness. This compassion for ourselves as caregivers is especially important, as we often feel as if we “are not doing enough or not doing it correctly.”

With over 25 years of experience as a geriatric social worker and mindfulness-based stress reduction practitioner, McBee, LCSW, MPH, walks the reader through specific ‘mindfulness” exercises for each of the book’s three intended audiences: elders, family caregivers, and professional caregivers. She weaves these mindfulness exercises, and background information about the history of mindfulness-based elder care and “culture change” movements in elder care, with short anecdotes about elders and caregivers who have tried mindfulness groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Music Sparks on July 9, 2013
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We all deserve people being fully present with us. It is so easy in healthcare taking care of all the requirements, it is easy to be mindful with the clients let alone ourselves. The materials to fuel staff inservices is helpful.
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