Meditation Practice for Seniors

A meditation practice for a senior citizen can literally be life-changing. A boost in mood, a boost

in brain function and boost of energy may all result from adding meditation to their everyday

routine! We’ll go into the benefits in another post, but let’s review how to get your senior in the

meditation mood!

So how can they get started?

First thing’s first — make sure your senior is comfortable! Make sure their back is supported

either by a chair or if they are choosing to be seated on the ground, make sure they can rest

comfortably on a pillow against the wall. If your senior chooses to lie down, make sure they will

be able to easily get back up with the support of a sturdy piece of furniture or having a

friend/loved one nearby.

Encourage your senior to be patient with themselves especially if meditation is brand-new to

them. It’s OK to start with small increments of a few minutes. Just reinforce that they should try

to clear their mind and if thoughts of any kind start to appear, acknowledge them and visualize

them floating away.

Ask your senior if they would like to try a guided meditation or have music on in the

background. There are many guided meditations available on CD or streaming on the web. A

guided meditation can help your senior focus, especially in the beginning. And of course, music

can really stimulate a powerful meditation. Help your senior select some meditation-friendly

tunes that will aid them in their journey.

Reassure your senior that you’d be happy to talk with them about any emotions or feelings that

come up for them after the meditation. They might experience something new and that can have

an alarming effect on an older person who may already think they have seen everything. Be a

confidant and lend your ear to senior citizens that want to discuss their newfound meditation

journey.

Meditation is a life-changing practice to adopt in one’s life no matter your age! Be proud of your

senior for taking this step for bettering their overall quality of life!