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Research: Meditation Is Improving Lives of Older People

Research: Meditation Is Improving Lives of Older People

By Susan Williams

If you’ve ever felt anxious or depressed, did you try meditation? An interesting study has found that if you do, this may really help.

The research was conducted with 83 Seniors who were asked to meditate 20 minutes a day for 3 months to see whether this could help reduce their anxiety or depression. What they discovered was that the patients who meditated were 3 times more likely to go into remission and stay well and many were even no longer meeting the criteria of depression at all.

This is great news as depression in older adults can be disabling. As well, often the medications that would normally be prescribed don’t work very well or have a risk of increased side effects.

But meditation may also provide additional support to older people. As reported by US News, it can also have an impact on a person’s overall physical and mental health. As Dr. Cheug reported;

“In general, it’s been shown to decrease blood pressure and inflammation. And there’s some data around improving coronary artery disease outcomes and helping with post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and headaches,”

Here is more details of this recent study fromĀ CTV News.

If you’re interested in meditation but just not quite sure how to get started there are quite a few ways to begin.

You could look for classes in your community. A quick search on google on “Meditation for Beginners” is bound to pull up some places that offer classes. For example, our local YMCA and community centers both offer classes. Also, the following video may help if you just want to get started. There are many different meditation methods, this one seems quite simple – it’s the mindful meditation approach.

Whatever way you go, it seems like this drug free approach to help support better physical and mental health will only cost you a little time and patience so it may be worth giving it a try.

How To Meditate For Beginners

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.