Meditation Might Help Forestall Memory Problems Late in Life
Data from a small pilot study of older adults, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, indicates that regular meditation practice might help offset some late-life memory problems.
Researchers randomly assigned members of a group of 25 men and women, all of whom were deemed to have mild cognitive impairment, to either 12 weeks of memory enhancement training or 12 weeks of meditation and other yoga practices. At the end of the study, researchers found that those assigned to the meditation group showed a bigger gain on their scores in tests of visual-spatial memory, which is tied to activities like recalling specific locations and navigating by walking or driving.
Those who practiced meditation also showed fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression than those study participants who practiced memory enhancement training alone.