Mindfulness For Couples
Are you or your spouse navigating life with a diagnosis of dementia?This course is designed for couples to identify and cultivate mindful practices that support resilience in the face of the shifting landscape of life with cognitive change. Throughout the 10 weeks, participants will explore the impact of mindfulness-based practices on self-identity and identity as a couple. We will focus on self-compassion, mindful communication, negotiating risk and developing practices to enhance joy and humor. This course is appropriate for people with all levels of meditation practice.
This course was designed in collaboration with three couples experiencing the impacts of cognitive changes and with the generous support of Traci Hodes, PHD., through a partnership with The Copper Beech Institute.
Throughout this course participants will:
- Explore the benefits of being present to what is happening in the moment.
- Learn new practices to cultivate self-compassion personally and as a couple.
- Practice the subtle nuances of communication within relationships.
- Explore with a generous group of like-minded people the changing roles while navigating life, living and loving, with a diagnosis of dementia.
Mindfulness For Couples
First Class: 09-12 — Last Class: 11-16
Mondays | 2:15pm to 3:45pm
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.
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.