Caregivers and those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease may be interested to learn that meditation can help promote increased blood flow and improve efficiency of the entire brain. Scientific studies indicate that during Transcendental Meditation (TM), the brain produces synchronous alpha waves in the brain. Meditation results in a more orderly functioning of the brain with all the different areas communicating better and working more efficiently together as a whole.
Compared to performance of brain fitness activities, TM actually develops more areas of the brain and enables the separate regions to become integrated. This can result in an improvement in creativity, reaction time, intelligence and overall neurological efficiency.
Meditation for Seniors
As folks age, meditation can help improve and maintain mental alertness and comprehension as it lends itself to Alzheimer’s prevention. TM has been found to improve many symptoms found in aging seniors and those that occur in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) including; reduction of stress and depression, improvement of memory, alertness and decision making ability. Seniors concerned about overall brain health may opt to practice daily meditation as part of a healthy brain regime-along with eating the Alzheimer’s diet and implementing a regular exercise routine. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Alzheimer’s diet by joining our 25 topic course at Alzheimer’s Universe-AlzU.org.
Keep in mind that it’s never too late in life to start meditating-even if you have never learned the basic techniques. Many seniors have learned to implement a regular practice of meditation to fights dementia and safeguard against mental deterioration. Meditation is relatively easy to practice, it does not require the individual to be physically fit, nor does it require any expensive equipment or advanced education.
Additional Benefits of Meditation
Studies show that other benefits of TM include: lowering of blood pressure, lower risk of heart attack and stroke, and improvement in components of the metabolic syndrome (which includes insulin resistance and systolic blood pressure).