The key to honing your mind is being aware of what’s around you.

According to new research, meditation and mindfulness can assist individuals who have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) (“Adults with”, 2019).

“‘Until treatment options that can prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s are found, mindfulness meditation may help patients living with MCI…our study showed promising evidence that adults with MCI can learn to practice mindfulness meditation, and by doing so may boost their cognitive reserve…’” stated Rebecca Wells, associate professor of neurology at Wake Forest School of Medicine (“Adults with”, 2019).

Mindfulness is defined by full awareness of one’s mind and body with centered thoughts that hold no judgement. It is the state of just “being” (“Adults with”, 2019).

To test the positive benefits of mindfulness, researchers used a “mindfulness-based stress-reduction (MBSR) program”, which involved 14 men and women who were past middle age. They then underwent an eight-week course involving mindfulness and yoga.

It was found that nine of the participants who completed the program showed overall improvement (“Adults with”, 2019).

“ ‘While the MSBR course was not developed or structured to directly address MCI, the qualitative interviews revealed new and important findings specific to MCI…[participants] were able to learn the key tenets of mindfulness…,’” stated Wells (“Adults with”, 2019).

Even performing 20 minutes of mindfulness activities a day made a difference in participants.

Reference: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (2019, August 15). Adults with mild cognitive impairment can learn and benefit from mindfulness meditation. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 18, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190815140852.htm

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