Getting Started With Mindfulness Workshop
This workshop is designed for individuals experiencing early cognitive change to moderate dementia and is open to care partners.
This workshop introduces you to simple and applicable tools to use mindfulness in everyday life. Mindfulness is about paying attention, in the moment without any judgement. It is a research-based set of practices to support focus and positive mental health. While mindful practice originated from Buddhist beliefs, our practice is non- religious and inclusive. No experience necessary.
Getting Started With Mindfulness
Workshop Date: 10/13
11:15am to 12:15pm
Jenna Weiss, R-DMT, LNHA
For the past 25 years, Jenna has been involved in designing and facilitating experiential learning opportunities for diverse groups as an educator, coach, and facilitator. She brings a background in embodied movement practices, creative arts, mindfulness to her workshops, and a great deal of curiosity about the capacity of the human spirit for resilience and recovery.
Jenna is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with 20 years of experience working with older adults. Starting from her first career in education with special needs youth, she expanded into the study of human development and movement along the life span. She is interested in learning from individuals living with dementia as they navigate change, both personally and in their families and communities. She serves as the Director of Humanities and Learning at LiveWell, creating opportunities to engage individuals impacted by cognitive change to inform living and care. Jenna has a regular movement and mindfulness practice, is a self- taught painter, fiber artist and practitioner of Social Presencing Theater.
She is excited to facilitate this course focused on improving cognitive functioning in a fun, social environment!
Jennifer Terray M.S.N., R.N.
Director of Nursing
As a registered nurse, Jenn has been supporting people living with dementia for her entire 27-year career at all points along their journey from diagnosis to hospice care. Jenn is a graduate of Boston College and earned a master’s degree in nursing at the University of Hartford. As the Director of Nursing, Jenn brings a passion for learning and growing to her work. Jenn played a founding role in the development of Connecticut LeadingAge’s Leadership Academy and has supported the program as a coach and facilitator. She has facilitated programs that include the tenants of dialogue education such as the Well-Being Project with organizations across the United States. Jenn’s own personal growth has included the study of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction studying at the Oasis Institute at UMASS Medical School and has become a qualified teacher offering classes at LiveWell. “Every day is an opportunity to learn something from people living with dementia, and those directly supporting them. By practicing being aware of what is happening in the present moment, those opportunities are more abundant.” Jenn brings this way of being into her practice as a nurse, mentor, and leader, supporting the growth of each person who lives, works or visits at LiveWell.
Jenn is the proud mother of two young adult son’s and enjoys running, yoga, hiking and exploring nature with her husband, Mike and dog, Blitz.