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SEATTLE – (Aug. 24, 2017) – Virginia Mason will offer training in compassion cultivation for individuals living with cognitive challenges, such as dementia and memory loss, as well as their family members and professional caregivers.

The class is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 25, and will meet once a week for eight weeks.

“Cultivating compassion goes beyond feeling more concern and empathy for others,” said neurologist Nancy Isenberg, MD, MPH, FAAN, director, Center for Healthy Aging at Virginia Mason. “Compassion cultivation training develops the strength we need to be with those who are suffering, the courage to take compassionate action, and the resilience necessary to face life’s difficulties.”

Dr. Nancy Isenberg
Nancy Isenberg, MD

Dr. Isenberg, who is board-certified in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry, will lead the training sessions. “Science has shown us that, through practice, we can build new skills to cope and change our neural circuitry and, ultimately, our behavior,” she said.

Developed by psychologists, scholars and researchers at Stanford University, compassion cultivation training combines traditional contemplative practices, such as meditation, with contemporary psychology and neuroscience to help people develop more kindness and compassion, for others and themselves.

For more information about the training provided by Virginia Mason, call (206) 341-1900 during regular business hours Monday through Friday, or register online. A registration fee applies.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; regional medical centers in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others from around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management methodology for continually improving quality, safety and efficiency. Virginia Mason online:

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving the Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Memorial online:

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Virginia Mason Health System
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