Meditation And Sons And Technology

Meditation Found to Stave off Alzheimer’s

Until I make up excuses Im so busy! Theres so much to do! to let meditation lapse. Until lapsed becomes last month. Or longer. And Im as wound up as ever. What Im trying to do these days is just return to the process. And again, doesnt THAT sound simple?? Wellll, its not.
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Meditation and Anxiety

Allan Schwartz, LCSW, Ph.D.

“We also know that as people age, there’s a high correlation between perceived stress and Alzheimer’s disease, so we wanted to know if stress reduction through meditation might improve cognitive reserve.” The results of the study appeared online October 10 in Neuroscience Letters. Wells, currently a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. evaluated adults between the ages of 55 and 90 in BIDMC’s Cognitive Neurology Unit. 14 adults diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment were included in the study. Participants were http://null randomized two to one either to a group who participated in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) using meditation and yoga, or a control group who received normal care. The study group met for two hours each week for eight weeks. They also participated in a day-long mindfulness retreat, and were encouraged to continue their practice at home for 15 to 30 minutes per day. All participants underwent a functional MRI (fMRI) at baseline and then again after eight weeks to determine if there were any changes in the structures of the brain or in brain activity. The neuroimaging was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Martinos Center.
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Meditation May Help Slow Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Participants divided into two groups: One participated in meditation and yoga classes; the other did not. The meditating adults met for two hours each week for eight weeks, participated in a day-long mindfulness retreat, and were encouraged to continue their practice at home for 15 to 30 minutes per day. All participants underwent a functional MRI (fMRI) at baseline and then again after eight weeks to determine if there were any changes in the areas of the brain related to memory, learning, and emotions the regions that tend to atrophy as Alzheimer’s disease progresses. The results of the study, published online in the journal Neuroscience Letters, showed that the meditating group had significantly improved brain function and less atrophy than those participants who did not engage in meditation or yoga. “This is a small study and more research is needed to further investigate these results, but we’re very excited about these findings because they suggest that [stress-reduction practices] may [improve function] in the same areas of the brain most affected by Alzheimer’s disease,” Dr. Wells said.
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Yoga And Meditation Can Slow Alzheimer’s, Study Says

Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have now turned to yogaalready proven to be helpful in treating disorders as a possible treatment for dementia and Alzheimers patients. Adults ages 55 to 90 were examined in the new study, 14 of whom were diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment which can develop into dementia or Alzheimers. Participants were divided into two groups: one participated in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through meditation and yoga, and the other group, which was the control group, received standard cognitive impairment care. The group who practiced yoga met for two hours a week for eight weeks, took place in a day-long mindfulness retreat, and practiced yoga for 15 to 30 minutes at home daily. Both before and after the study, all participants underwent a functional MRI scan at Massachusetts General Hospitals Martinos Center to allow researchers to see any changes in brain activity over the course of the study. Researchers focused onthe hippocampus, which is responsible for learning, memory, and emotions, and known to atrophy as Alzheimers progresses. The MRI scans showed that the group who participated in MBSR had improved brain function.
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In effect, “Does meditation help you to overcome fear? Yes and no. When your deepest self is known to be this vast there is nothing to fear. Yet fear happens, over and over again, forever. So does everything else. Sometimes it rains and then the sun comes out. Sometimes you look at the sky or fall in love.
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