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Diminishes Feelings of Loneliness

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-58A study conducted by researchers at UCLA found that a simple meditation practice can help reduce feelings of loneliness in elderly people. Participants in an eight week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program not only experienced less feelings of loneliness, but also presented with lower levels of inflammation. This study is the first to suggest a potential link between psychological intervention to address loneliness and decreased inflammation levels. While inflammation is an important component of the body’s immune system, chronic inflammation is a detrimental symptom that is now associated with psychological disorders, including those informed by feelings of loneliness. Therefore, the conclusion that meditation aids in the treatment of both loneliness and inflammation is a promising development.

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Helps Elderly Feel Less Lonely

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

meditation-image-59A recent study led by J. David Creswell published in Brain, Behavior & Immunity indicates that mindfulness meditation can help older adults feel less lonely. Moreover, the study also found that this meditation training yielded lower rates of inflammation in participants, which can help slow the progression of disease in elderly patients. Creswell sees mindfulness meditation as a promising intervention for the improvement of older adults’ overall health. While further research is warranted to study the specific process that links psychological experiences like loneliness with inflammation reduction, these initial findings demonstrate the potential benefits of meditation for the elderly community.

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