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Meditation for Elders


Meditation helps keep our minds relaxed and engaged, which enables older adults to age with grace. By incorporating mindfulness into the mind, body and soul, meditation can offer several benefits.

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Meditation is the practice of training the mind to increase attention, focus and redirect your thoughts. Mindfulness which is an important part of mediation is the ability to be present and engaged in the moment and not worrying about past moments and living a beautiful life by enhancing positivity in all aspects of life. It is a positive way to deal with stress.
Studies show that mediation improves brain power which increases short-term and long-term memory. The ability to focus and reduce stress through mindfulness practice comes with a lot of physical benefits including low blood pressure and psychological benefits including a sense of well-being, an ability to reduce loneliness and sadness. It also reduces anxiety and increases empathy which also prevents depression and mental illnesses.

Most mediation techniques share these four common elements:
  • A quiet and distraction-free location
  • A comfortable position
  • Attention
  • Open mind
Meditation is not just the concentration of one’s thoughts on something but a constant relaxation in itself. By meditating, elders can easily get rid of daily distractions and calm their minds to lead a peaceful and happy life. It helps elders increase their energy levels and empowers them to understand themselves better. It creates a positive relationship between their body, mind, and soul and changes their way of viewing the world. As a combination of concentration and awareness, mediation provides many benefits for their physical and mental wellbeing. Some of the benefits are as follows:
  • Reduces and controls blood pressure
  • Regulates cortisol levels by improving your immune system functioning
  • Alleviates muscle tension and aches that are often associated with feeling stressed or anxious
  • Lowers the risk of stress-like diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol



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