Everyone Can Benefit From Mindfulness Meditation
Meditation is a training in attention and developing the ability to be fully present and aware in the present moment with nonjudgmental awareness that is open, fresh, relaxed, and alert.
Did you know that taking just 15 minutes out of your day to meditate has been proven to significantly slow the progression of dementia? According to the publication Neuroscience Letters, 20% of the population will be affected by mild cognitive impairment – and half of them will progress to full-on dementia. Given the research on meditation slowing the progression of dementia and the large percentage of older population showing signs of dementia, we believe the power of Mindfulness Meditation can help reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia in the elderly as well as provide benefit to caregivers.
Mindfulness Meditation Can Be Taught In Senior Communities: It’s never too late to learn to practice mindfulness. Teaching mindfulness meditation in senior communities can help improve resident health and feelings of connectedness.
Family And Professional Caregivers Can Benefit Too: Caregivers who provide senior care can benefit from Mindfulness Meditation. A recent study found that meditation is a great way for caregivers to relieve stress, fight depression, and feel better overall in their very stressful line of work.
Meditation Improves Mood: According to a recent study, “Walking meditation was effective in reducing depression, improving functional fitness and vascular reactivity, and appears to confer greater overall improvements than walking without meditation.”
Meditation Improves Longevity: Another recent study suggests that elderly practitioners of mindfulness meditation experience improved longevity. The study found a significant decrease in mortality rates among those who meditate.
Meditation May Slow Alzheimer’s: A double-blind study indicated that meditation may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Meditation can protect the brain against anxiety and stress, factors proven to trigger Alzheimer’s symptoms.
Meditation Changes Dementia Patient’s Reactions to Caregiver’s Emotions: People with dementia retain the full range of human emotions, often until the end-of-life. They are happy and excited when good things happen. They are scared and angry when bad things happen. They can accurately read facial expressions, the tone, speed, and pitch of the voice, and others’ body language. If a caregiver has tension showing on their face, people with dementia will pick up on that emotion and interpret that as how the caregiver feels about them or what they are about to do with them. This kind of unguarded emotional baggage can trigger difficult behavior in clients with dementia.
Now Offering Mindfulness Meditation Training
Daniel Surkin, owner and operator of ComForCare Home Care in Lower Bucks County, has been studying Mindfulness Meditation since the spring of 2007. His qualifications stem from extensive studies at The Penn Program for Mindfulness and the ClearLight Meditation Teacher Academy Training Program