Mindfulness and Aging: The Link between Mind and Body


In collaboration with AARP

Mindfulness and Aging with AARP

Mindfulness and meditation have been known to contribute to a sense of well-being and improvements in overall health. These practices have been linked to health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, and reducing chronic pain, among others. Increasingly, studies have also shown that mindfulness may be linked to particular benefits for aging populations, such as improving attention and memory and reducing the risks of dementia. In fact, some researchers go as far as to suggest that mindfulness can even counteract many of the markers of age.

Join Asia Society and AARP as we discuss the link between mind and body in the context of health and aging and how mindfulness can improve healthy living, particularly among older populations.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6:15 p.m. Registration
6:30 p.m. Program

Pondi Café in Asia Society will offer extended hours to serve guests before this program begins.

About the Speakers

Ali Asghar-Ali

Dr. Ali Asghar-Ali is associate professor of psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine as well as the current geriatric psychiatry fellowship director. He coordinates the geriatric psychiatry seminar series for the general psychiatry residents and is a geriatric psychiatrist at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Dr. Asghar-Ali’s educational scholarship and clinical practice focus on geriatric psychiatry and the practice of culturally attuned psychiatric practice. In terms of cultural psychiatry, Dr. Asghar-Ali presents widely on ways in which trainees and practitioners can improve their cultural attunement to best serve their patients. He is the recipient of the Health and Human Services Geriatric Academic Career Award and has published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Academic Psychiatry, and the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, among others. He received his M.D. from Wake Forest University with a residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship at University Of California, Los Angeles.

Micki Fine

Micki Fine is Houston’s only Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher, earned from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. She provides mindfulness-based interventions, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), to individuals and groups in a variety of settings including private practice. From 2006-2011 Micki taught mindfulness at M.D. Anderson’s Cancer Center, Rice University and the Jung Center, with workshops focused on aging. Additionally, she has provided consulting, supervision, and teaching on National Institute on Drug Abuse grants studying mindfulness and addictions with M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and University of Texas School of Nursing. Her book, The Need to Please: Mindfulness Skills to Gain Freedom from Approval Seeking and People Pleasing, was published in 2013. Her new children’s picture book, May All People and Pigs Be Happy, will be released in October this year. Micki received her bachelor’s degree in business administration, master’s degree in education, counseling & psychology, and her L.P.C. in counseling psychology from the University of Houston.

About the Moderator

Shern-Min Chow

Shern-Min Chow is an Anchor, MSJ & Reporter at KHOU 11 News in Houston, Texas filing General Assignment and Feature stories. Shern-Min has worked in Houston at KHOU, KPRC and KTRK as well as in San Antonio at KENS. She is an Emmy and Texas AP award winning reporter and producer. She is a board member of SpringSpirit Baseball and advisory board member for the Asia Society and the Chinese Community Center. She has previously served on other boards, including the Bo & Stacey Porter Foundation, Houston Ballet and 12 Oaks Hospital (Tenet). Shern-Min has studied French, German, Spanish & Mandarin. She grew up speaking Shanghainese and learned English at school. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University.

Asia Society Texas Center Business & Policy Programs, Endowed by

Huffington Foundation

Business and Policy programs at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Bank of America, Muffet Blake, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and United Airlines. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy Pollok Guinee, and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc. and Houston Endowment. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Asia Society Texas Center, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming.

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Event Details

Tue 23 Apr 2019
6:15 - 7:30 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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$10 Members, $20 Nonmembers
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