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The Benefits of Meditation and Yoga for the Elderly

July 30, 2012

Can we really stretch our minds, as well as our bodies, using yoga and meditations as tools? These encouraging findings believe that the mind not only has the power to trigger physical    changes, but it may even have the power to lasting transformations from the inside out.

 

A recent study found that yoga helped a group of mostly male veterans who’d had a stroke in the last 6 months regain balance, more confident and independent, as well as enjoying life more. Not only did they outperform their peers in a physical therapy group, they exhibited traits the control group never experienced—such as decreased fear of falling.

 

Elderly people who report loneliness are at a higher risk for other serious conditions, but researchers have found that mindfulness meditation can relieve loneliness and improve overall health and possibly even guard against mental illness.

 

 

 

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