Intro To Brain And Soul Boosting (Online)
A Resource For Carers And Pastoral Workers

  • Leader: Louise Morse
  • Start Date: Wednesday 8th September, 19:30
  • End Date: Wednesday 8th September, 21:00
  • Residential Price: TBC
  • Non-Residential Price: £ 5.00 per person

This retreat has already started, if you would still like to take part then please contact us.

Are you involved in work and/or pastoral care of older people and/or people with dementia? Cognitive, social and spiritual stimulation are highly effective for older people, and are even said to help prevent dementia. Come and join this short online introduction to Brain and Soul Boosting (BSB), originally designed by cognitive behavioural therapist Louise Morse, together with a psychogeriatric nurse and home manager as a series of sessions for small groups of older people living independently in retirement housing, including those with dementia.

The aim was to provide cognitive stimulation and spiritual support. The results were so outstanding the workbook was made available publicly and is now being used by pastoral workers in churches, outreach workers in sheltered housing, private homes, and by hospital chaplains with patients with dementia in day rooms. It has been used for a number of years by pastoral workers Sally and Jo, who will be describing their experience during this Zoom meeting.

"We would thoroughly recommend BSB and encourage other churches to set up a group and be a blessing - and be blessed!" Sally and Jo, Group leaders in Northampton

Brain and Soul Boosting material is ideal for use with a small group of people amongst whom you want to encourage conversation and fellowship. The sessions have proved very successful in a range of settings and are particularly popular in churches. The sessions are sociable and fun, and they do what they say on the cover! A hospital chaplain said that the psychiatrist was so intrigued by the improvement in the wellbeing of patients with dementia that "he came into the day room to see what was going on". BSB is suitable with groups of up to 15 older people, and up to 12 for those with dementia, whose processing is usually slower. They also work well with couples, or with three or four people in their own home.

There will be plenty of time for questions during the Zoom meeting.

Please note: this retreat will be held online via Zoom as above, not at Penhurst. The note below about staying extra nights is automatic and cannot be changed at present!

If you wish to stay longer, or start your stay earlier, please contact us about availability.