Online (anywhere), Phone, in person *Spring, Houston, Humble, Katy, The Woodlands-TX
The loss of friends and family, and the lack of visitation, has caused some unwanted trauma or depression for the more seasoned community (especially members of retirement homes). I can help guide and give each senior member something to look forward to. Below is a sample of a monthly (4 week) session. Each session will last about 45 minutes with unlimited guests (retirement/group facility).
· 20-25 minute open discussion of how residents feel. Open discussions can be very therapeutic.
· 20 minute guided meditation. Published studies have documented the many physical and mental health benefits of meditation, including decreased pain, better immune function, less anxiety and depression, a heightened sense of well being and greater happiness and emotional self control (Journal of the American Hearth Association volume 6 issue 10 of 28 Sept 2017).
· We will end our first session with an included 20 minute activity idea for future weekly visits. These may include a small garden/plant area, games, outdoor activities, etc… all depending on the facility options and availability.
· In this 45 minutes we have reminiscence therapy, learning afterwards to be thankful.
· Today will only be positive thoughts: Learning to be thankful or have gratitude can grow each day and before you know it, it can change a person’s whole outlook on life!
· Spending time sharing positive memories can strengthen our bond with each other.
· Even if we have expunged our 45 minute time for this week, I will offer a guided meditation to end our session at no additional charge.
· In week 1, we picked a project to “look forward to”. Each third week of the month, we will focus on that project. For example, if we planted something, we would provide care/maintenance.
· Simple movement activities (sitting or standing). If we are able, outdoors would be ideal.
· Again, we will end our session today with a guided meditation, even if we have gone over our 45 minutes.
· Mindset is everything. Seniors, who perceive themselves as a burden to others, view their very lives as less valuable, which in turn ups their risk for depression and social isolation.
· We will play a visualization game or some other type of thinking activity (varies by audience).
· Exercising the brain by engaging in mentally challenging activities… never stop learning new things.
· Guided meditation to end the session.