Glenmeadow Offers Talk on Mindfulness Program

Presentation scheduled for Jan. 14 with a Jan. 21 snow date

LONGMEADOW – Glenmeadow Retirement will host a talk on a meditation practice called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Tuesday, Jan.14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Western New England University.

The presentation, “Discovering Mindfulness:The Art and Science of the Present Moment,” will be offered by Leslie Smith Frank, an MBSR practitioner.

Frank will explore the science behind MBSR, which is proven to have a calming effect on people in the midst of life’s distractions and busy pace. She will also teach simple yet powerful meditations and discuss how the brain rewires itself as attention is focused on the breath through meditative practice. Decreased loneliness, increased patience and a heightened sense of well-being are among the reported benefits of MBSR.

Leslie Smith Frank

Leslie Smith Frank, an MBSR practitioner.

Frank began practicing mindfulness meditation in 1993. She was trained to teach MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester in 2000 and has continued to study and deepen her practice through courses, retreats and teaching.

She is an adjunct professor at Bay Path College and aboard-certified physician assistant.

The program will be held in The Bear’s Denin St. Germain Campus Center at 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield. The snow date is Tuesday,Jan.21, also from 10 a.m. to noon.

For more information or to enroll, contact Glenmeadow at (413) 567-7800 or email Visit for more information.

Established in 1884, Glenmeadow is a nonprofit, accredited continuing care retirement community; it provides independent and assisted living at its campus at 24 Tabor Crossing in Longmeadow and expanded Glenmeadow at Home services throughout greater Springfield.

"As anonprofit, our mission is to serve seniors and their families. One of the ways we do that is by providing free educational offerings in convenient locations throughout the area,” said Tim Cotz, president and CEO.

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