Research has shown that peoples' attention span tends to decline with age. Mindfulness is a proven way to improve the ability to pay attention and to remember. This involves focusing your awareness on sensory stimuli in the present moment while ignoring intrusive thoughts and inner chatter. Research has shown that it helps reverse memory loss.

Massachusetts General Hospital neuroscientist Sara Lazar, Ph.D., has demonstrated that older individuals who practice mindfulness have better preserved cortical regions of the brain. These regions which normally thin with age are responsible for attention, sensory processing, and integrating emotional and cognitive processes. However, the research has proven that these regions regain thickness in people who practice mindfulness regularly. So if you stop meditating daily the brain can deteriorate and revert back to its former state and become thinner and less responsive. 

A further benefit of mindfulness is that it helps reduce stress and anxiety and increases well-being and happiness.



For further information on mindfulness - please click on the links below



Kensington and Chelsea Forum  Mindfulness Courses

In these courses, you will be learning about Mindfulness and how to make it a part of your everyday life. You will learn a variety of techniques and practices which will help you to reinforce new habits and positive ways of thinking and behaving.

The programme will also include hints and tips on coping with stress and recognizing and managing your emotional triggers. Includes lots of very useful handouts and a CD of recorded meditation.



Organised by: The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents

Funded by: West London Clinical Commissioning Group

Elizabeth Hooper: Mindfulness and Well Being Coach CThA  


Please call us for the 2020 schedule

Contact us on 020 7352 1336 or email: kensingtonandchelseaforum@outlook.com


"I found the Mindfulness Course absolutely great. It has helped me focus on the moment and removed all the clutter!

I feel wonderful. Thank you for offering this indispensable course"

The Kensington and Chelsea Forum for Older Residents has been running mindfulness courses since April 2018. These courses are held by our Mindfulness and Wellbeing Coach Elizabeth Hooper CThA (pictured right). The courses have involved attending one class per week for 12 weeks, but future courses will involve weekly sessions for a period of 8 weeks. These courses will train you to practice mindfulness meditation at home which you should do every day to obtain the best benefits once you have finished the course. The next course will start on 18th April 2019. Please see below or call us for more information and to register.


Anne S