The Alzheimer's and Mindfulness Congress recognized as an continual medical education

With 1.5 official credits

The Congress has been accredited as continuing medical education
The Congress has been accredited as continuing medical education

The Conselleria de Salut has accredited with 1.5 credits of Continuing Education of the National Health System the Alzheimer and Mindfulness Congress. This recognition will allow the professionals of the health system as well as the students who attended to recognize this training both in the academic field and in the professional career.

Pollença mindful city, on the news

Appeared on Ara Balears online and newspaper

TRANSLATION FROM THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE ON "ARA BALEARS" 

Author: MARIA CIFRE Pollença 03/31/2018 22:24

Pollença, a Mindful municipality

One of the trending practices of the moment has the objective of improving the quality of life of the population

Mindfulnesses a practice that seeks to improve the quality of life of people.

Mindfulness, popularly known as a form of meditation, is the ability of the human being to be self-regulating. "If we try to curb our thoughts -in we have up to 40,000 a day-, they take on more force; what we have to do is look at them in the face and tell them that they are not interested, "explains Josep Luis, the psychologist, and researcher of the UIB. It is not about changing reality but changing their experience.

The main objective of this practice is to offer a higher quality of life to the population stabilizing and increasing self-confidence and developing and empowering others. Among the specific objectives, there is stress reduction, sleeping improvement better body sensations recognition and control impulsivity, among many others.

'Mindfulness' and health

Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Massachusetts University Medical School, Jon Kabat-Zinn, started a study introducing mindfulness techniques to people suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatic disease that affects the musculoskeletal system and causes chronic pain. The results were very positive and as of that moment, research was started.

Mindfulness is a today's practice endorsed by the scientific community. In fact, in the last ten years, more than 5,000 studies have been carried out.

The psychologist Josep Luis has worked with a mindfulness program in the hospitals of Son Espases and the Inca District with the intention of alleviating the pain to patients with fibromyalgia. "We have also introduced the so-called third-generation therapies to stop the patients from relying on a psychologist or a psychiatrist and be able to self-regulate," says Luis.

Pollença, Mindful city

Scientists and researchers want to bring this practice closer to the whole society in order to reduce anxiety, stress and depression and thus create a society closer to happiness.

Based on the mindful model of the United Kingdom, in June 2017 the project 'Pollença, mindful municipality' was started, which was approved by the Pollença's City Council on November 30, 2017. "A historic milestone and unprecedented," says Luis.

Among the positive aspects of this statement, it highlights that Pollença advances the future mindfulness movement as a model of a conscious society and "the municipality will grow in a proposal of a better touristic brand and, above all a cultural and lifestyle proposal."

The intention is, within a period of one year, to apply mindfulness to different areas of the municipality, such as education, health, sports or everyday life, among others. To do this, there will be a series of courses, workshops and conferences aimed at teachers, parents, associations, carers and relatives of dependent persons, service personnel, municipal corporation, officials and employees of the City Council, Local Police, etc. In order to reach the general population, it will begin at the base, that is, by the children. For this reason, the first program that has been implemented is that related to the educational community.

In classrooms

The teachers of Pollença and some of Sa Pobla, Muro and Alcúdia have completed a five-session course and now they have the skills to be able to put it into practice in the classrooms. It is anticipated that the techniques of mindfulness will help solve the problems of school bullying since the person who is immersed in this practice develops empathy. Another benefit of applying this program to the classroom is that it can reduce the consumption of drugs, because if self-esteem is reinforced, external stimuli are not sought. Now is the turn of parents and children to practice at home, both in the family and in the classrooms. Parents and teachers must continue to practice and fill out a questionnaire throughout the year to track them, extract the data and analyze the effect of the program.

The program continues

Apart from applying this practice to classrooms, the program is focused so that it reaches a large part of the pollen population, starting with children and reaching the elderly. For this reason, Josep Luis and the center of Afama (Association of relatives and patients of Alzheimer's) organize a conference that combines mindfulness and Alzheimer's.

From September 21 to 30 the Ist Congress of Alzheimer's and mindfulness organized by Afama will take place. During these ten days, there will be a series of activities related to the mindful world.

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a day-to-day practice that can be done both individually and in a group and that helps us to modify the way we face and feel experiences, especially stressful ones. As it is a set of techniques that integrate body and mind, it allows us to increase the way we manage difficult situations and, at the same time, allows us to live and enjoy fully the now and today, that is, to have a better attitude towards life that brings us closer to happiness. 

There is wide scientific evidence that shows that people who practice mindfulness feel less stressed, anxious and depressed. 

Research has also shown that these techniques have positive effects on the general health status of people who practice it, both mentally and physically. It has also been seen that it also improves the relationship with other people and increases empathy and self-esteem. 

Mindfulness can also be used as a personal growth tool that increases resilience and adaptability to the vagaries of life, so it can play a very positive role in family life, work and with friends. 

The practices of Mindfulness are not new and have their origin in meditative traditions (especially Asian and Buddhist). In the last 40 years therapies based on mindfulness have been formulated, so some programs such as MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) have helped millions of people around the world. It is, therefore, a recognized and integrated practice in the National Health and Education Systems of many countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia.

Mindfulness Q&A

  1. Mindfulness is not something esoteric or obscure: It is something we are familiar with, because it is something we already do, although it can have many forms and be called by different names.
  2. Mindfulness is not something added to what we usually do: We all have the natural ability to be present, and to achieve this we do not have to change anything of what we already are. However, we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that have been scientifically proven to benefit us, those we love, our friends, neighbors and co-workers, and even the organizations, companies and institutions of which we are taking part.
  3. You do not need to change: In many cases, the solutions that ask us to change who we are do not bear fruit. In Mindfulness, on the contrary, we recognize and cultivate the best we have and we are as human beings
  4. Mindfulness has great potential for social transformation: These are the reasons-why:

  • Anyone can do it: The practice of Mindfulness cultivates universal human qualities and does not ask you to change your beliefs. Anyone can benefit from it and it is easy to learn.
  • It is a way of life: Mindfulness is more than just a practice or exercise, it leads us to be aware and sensitive to everything we do, reducing negative stress or distress.
  • It is based on the evidence: Mindfulness is not a matter of faith, both the broad and consolidated scientific research and clinical experience and in daily life have shown their positive benefits for our health, our relationships and our work ... our happiness in a single word.
  • Stimulates our creative capacity: As we deal with the increasing complexity and uncertainty of our world, mindfulness can lead to effective, resilient and efficient responses to seemingly irresolvable problems.