As the average life expectancy has increased to the record high of 78.8 years, dementia and Alzheimer’s is also rising at record rates. The Alzheimer’s Association is expecting the number of people with Alzheimer’s or other age related dementia to triple by 2050 to over 13.8 million people diagnosed.
As the baby boomers age, we look for ways to keep our brain’s active and our cognitive processing sharp to avoid or delay any age related mental decline. Now, current research suggests that there may be an easy-safe-way to help you stay sharp.
Research suggests that meditation may help to preserve the brain’s grey matter- the part of the brain that is associated with processing information. People who regularly mediate may be reducing their risk of developing dementia or other age related mental issues.
“Altogether, our findings seem to add further support to the hypothesis that meditation is brain-protective and associated with a reduced age-related tissue decline. Nevertheless, it is important to acknowledge that the observed effects may not only be a consequence of meditating but also of other factors allowing for (or accompanying) a successful long-term practice.”
Article courtesy of Frontiers in Psychology.
Ask us about our mindfulness meditation program. Contact us at (757) 226-8880.