Meditation is an age-old practice that has remained popular over the years. It is generally known as a set of techniques, thoughts, or practices that are designed to promote focused attention and a heightened state of awareness. Not only is it used recreationally, but it also has established uses in religious and psychotherapeutic techniques. Its popularity also occurs for good reason, considering that there are many benefits of meditation for mature adults in terms of their physical and mental health. Read on to find out more about the different benefits that you can garner from meditative practice!
Increases Focus and Attention Span
Whether you attempt meditation on your own, or as part of a senior exclusive living program, it has been shown that focused meditation practices can help to enhance the endurance and strength of your attention span. Research has shown that meditative sessions that focused on training mindful breathing skills, maintaining focus on objects, and generating positive feelings for themselves and others had multiple positive benefits. Amongst them are having an overall better rating of their mental wellbeing and being able to work better on activities that require prolonged attention and focus.
Improving Sleep Patterns and Quality
There are multiple forms of meditation. The most common types are mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, movement meditation or yoga, transcendental meditation, spiritual meditation, and mantra meditation.
In particular, mantra meditation which uses repeated sounds in a constant pattern can and has been used as a form of relaxation practice to enhance sleeping patterns. There are many reasons why someone will experience poor sleep quality, including diet, stress, chronic illnesses, or even just from aging. Meditation will not be able to fix all the adverse physical and mental conditions, but it will help in relieving tension in your body prior to going to sleep, allowing for a smoother transition into peaceful rest.
Reduced Chance of Memory Loss
As we all grow older, there will be an inevitable decline in cognitive abilities. For some, this is due to conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or chronic illnesses. However, in most cases, the rate of progression can be slowed down or prevented.
Meditation is one proven method that has been shown to reduce the development and cognitive decline of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. To do that, proper meditative practices have been shown to increase the production of telomerase by up to 43% which can help reduce Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, by practicing meditation, people are better able to harness and obtain control of their subconscious mind and feelings, allowing for better retention and recollection of memory.
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