Senior Care Authority Presents - Mindfulness Practice for Working with Dementia Patients: A Seminar for Social Workers Supporting Dementia Patients

*Please see Lucia McBee bio below

May 1, 4:30-7:30pm, Atria West 86 OR May 14, 5:00-8:00pm, Flushing House

Presenter - Lucia McBee, LCSW, MPH, CYI

May 1, 4:30-5:15pm - Registration and Introductions, 5:15-7:30pm - Program

May 14, 5:00-6:00pm - Registration and Introductions, 6:00-8:00pm - Program

Refresh your mental health practice and learn new skills to support frail elders and yourself! Frail elders disproportionately face loss, physical or cognitive decline and cope with multiple chronic illnesses. Traditional mental health therapy, based on verbal communication, may not be effective. Mindfulness based interventions teach how to live with life’s challenges; focusing on abilities, not disabilities.

Caring, supporting and treating frail elders is rewarding, challenging, frightening, stressful, or all of these and clinician’s stress is contagious. Conditions impacting elders are complex and multi-faceted, requiring a multi-faceted treatment approach. Complementary modalities are generally safe and often effective. Mindfulness practices can create a contagious healing milieu and can be adapted for chair or bedbound elders.

Mindfulness-based elder care support for clinicians is grounded in three principles: Connect, communicate and care for the clinician. Connection is often non-verbal, yet elders are still attuned to our attitudes and moods. Learn non-verbal communication employing the five senses: touch, taste, smell, sound and sight. Professional clinicians are key to elders’ well-being, and are also in need of support.

This two hour workshop will be both didactic and experiential. Mindfulness practices offer comfort and support for elders and clinicians. Practices taught, with adaptations for a range of elders and settings, including mindfulness in stillness and movement; diaphragmatic breathing and other breath work and formal and informal mindfulness practices.

Learning Objectives - 

  1. Identify and revise communication methods for non-verbal clients
    1. Utilize complementary modalities into treatment care planning.
    2. Review the current research on mindfulness and breathwork as tools for deeper self- understanding and supporting the change process.
    3. Assess compassion practices and discuss research on compassion.
    4. Design adaptations for conveying mindfulness to those with physical or cognitive limitations or at the end of life.
  2. Identify mindfulness practices for managing difficult behaviors.  
    1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary teams stress management skills.
    2. Explain and teach simple mindfulness skills for frail elders
    3. Analyze and describe informal mindfulness practices
    4. Create tools to integrate mindfulness practices with clients in groups or individually.
    5. Create a mindful teaching environment in busy institutional settings.
  3. Describe how present moment awareness addresses anxiety and depression.
    1. Discuss ways that mindfulness practice help cope with chronic conditions and pain.
    2. Apply mindfulness to cultivate the therapeutic alliance.

Target audience - Social Workers, Psychologists and Nurses that work with elderly patients with dementia.  The program is appropriate for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Levels and will be two (2) CEs.

Grievance Policy

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Cynthia Perthuis,, 212-913-9963. Grievances would receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Accommodations for the Differently Abled - The training facilities are handicap accessible. Individuals needing special accommodations, please contact: Cynthia Perthuis,, 212-913-9963

It is the participant's responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

Continuing Education Credit is pending through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:  


Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.

Social Workers:

Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers. #SW-0444.


As an American Psychological Association (APA) approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.   

*Lucia McBee Biography

Lucia McBee has worked with elders and their caregivers for over 30 years in community, research, and institutional settings. She received Master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University, and is a certified yoga instructor. Since 1994, she has adapted mindfulness practices and programs for frail elders, staff and family caregivers. She has also taught has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to college students, persons with HIV, previously incarcerated persons, medical students and the general public. Formerly employed for 17 years in nursing homes, Lucia is currently a freelance author, adjunct faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and consultant. Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers, her book describing her work with elders and caregivers, was published in 2008.