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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Studies show Meditation benefits re dementia

Yes, it is always interesting when they come out with a new medicine to reduce the chances of dementia, delay progression once it has started or that shows progress reversing it.     I am not a fan of medication though so I smiled when I read  Is meditation the push-up for the brain?  

It talks about studies that show
  • specific regions in the brains of long-term meditators were larger and had more gray matter than the brains of individuals in a control group
  • people who meditate also have stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy.

"They found that the differences between meditators and controls are not confined to a particular core region of the brain but involve large-scale networks that include the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes and the anterior corpus callosum, as well as limbic structures and the brain stem."

A nice safe non-drug (and thus, no harmful side effects), free to use way to reduce the chances of dementia, delay progression once it has started and possibly even reverse it to at least some degree once it has started.

No, I am not suggesting that those in later stages of dementia could be taught to meditate but those in early and perhaps even some in mid stage dementia could be.    Even better, more folks could start to do so while their brains are still healthy, and thus hopefully reduce how many new cases of dementia occur in the future.

2 comments:

Karen said...

Hi, it's good to see you back online! Meditation sounds wonderful but it might work better if I cut back on my caffeine habit first. Looking forward to a fun-filled week (or two) of stomach upset as I try to adjust to Aricept. Hope you have plans for the holiday (even if they're just being left alone, if that's your preference).

Stumblinn said...

glad to see you are going to try the Aricept. I hope it works as well for you as Exelon has for me.