In my last post, I mentioned some of the general benefits of meditation such as its ability to lower our blood pressure and improve our sleep. That is why meditation can make such a difference as we age. Research continues to document the potential of meditation to slow the brain’s aging.
A 2005 study reported that “despite the effects of aging on the prefrontal cortex…the average cortical thickness of the 40-50-year-old meditation participants was similar to the average thickness of the 20-30-year-old meditators and controls, suggesting that regular practice of meditation may slow the rate of neural degeneration…”
A 2014 review of 12 studies that investigated the effects of meditation on cognitive decline concluded that meditation can have positive effects on attention, memory, executive function, processing speed, and general cognition and thus, may counter age-related cognitive decline.
So forget the pills, potions and lotions that claim to stop you from aging. Let me show you how meditation is easy, convenient and much less expensive!