Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy With Older Adults: An Exploratory Study

Mariko A. Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, Janet Kavanagh, Elizabeth Robinson, Helen C. Kales

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An 8-week mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) group for older adults with depression and/or anxiety is described. This article is based on an exploratory study of this therapeutic approach and changes in participants' symptoms associated with participation. Pre-post data from 5 MBCT groups showed significant improvements in reported anxiety, ruminative thoughts, and sleep problems and a reduction in depressive symptoms. Case examples are presented to illustrate these symptom changes. Findings showed that this nonpharmacological intervention is acceptable to older adults and is associated with positive changes. Suggestions are provided for both practitioners and researchers interested in using MBCT with older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-520
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • anxiety
  • depression
  • group therapy
  • mindfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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