Mindfulness, Stress, and Aging

Clin Geriatr Med. 2020 Nov;36(4):685-696. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2020.06.010. Epub 2020 Aug 17.


Mindfulness has been applied in several adaptations, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, to treat chronic conditions in older adults. Older adults may be particularly well suited for mindfulness interventions, because they bring decades of life experience to this contemplative therapy. Mindfulness is also an appealing intervention for older adults as it is inexpensive, effective over time, and easy to access. This article examines mental and physical chronic conditions proven responsive to mindfulness, including cognitive function, anxiety, depression, sleep quality, loneliness, posttraumatic stress disorder, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's disease, urge urinary incontinence, and chronic pain.

Keywords: Chronic conditions; MBSR; Mindfulness; Older adults.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging* / physiology
  • Aging* / psychology
  • Chronic Disease / psychology*
  • Chronic Disease / therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mindfulness*
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / therapy*