Yoga Meditation Benefits Health In Seniors — Huffington Post

Yoga meditation benefits health in seniors in ways that you wouldn’t expect at first glance. Recent studies have demonstrated the stress of getting older causes isolation and loneliness, which indirectly stresses the immune system and other body systems which help sustain life. A recent article in the Huffington Post highlighted this relationship. Written by Laura Rowley, this is a great and pretty detailed post that may mention some scientific terms you might not be familiar with.

Yoga Meditation Benefits Health In Seniors — Huffington Post

A new study has found that older people who take part in an eight-week program of meditation were able to reduce feelings of

Yoga Meditation Benefits Health

Yoga meditation benefits health in seniors by preventing loneliness. Photo by Polka Dot Images c/o Photos.Com.

loneliness and boost their immune systems, according to researchers at the University of California Los Angeles. The study is published in the current online edition of the journal “Brain, Behavior and Immunity.”

Loneliness isn’t just an emotional issue; it’s a form of stress that has been linked to a higher risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and early death. And it’s particularly acute among the elderly; a 2005 study found nearly 60 percent of people 70 and older experience some type of loneliness.

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While your intuition might have already told you that yoga meditation benefits health in older individuals, it’s kind of gratifying to know that medical science is actually starting to accumulate some hard data to validate it. It’s actually very well established that people who get very old have one aspect in common versus people who don’t. They stay connected with those around them, and continue to make new friendships and attachments throughout their lives. This characteristic keeps them emotionally connected even though their spouse and friends may have passed away. So if meditation is one way to ward off the emotional, and by extension health impacts that feeling more isolated might bring, what a great tonic for better vitality.

Do you know someone who is older and is feeling a bit more alone? Why not share this article with them or leave a comment below and share your thoughts and any opinions.

You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.                       — Mr. Yoga

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