One of the most frustrating things about Alzheimer’s Disease is the inability to cure or prevent it. Until we find a way to stop it from happening, the best we can do is attempt to slow its progression. A new pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that brain changes associated with meditation may play an important role in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
It is well known that meditating causes change to the brain. And while the true benefits of meditation remain unclear, it is thought to help with stress relief. It is also known that living a stressful life may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s, so it is most likely the stress reduction resulting from meditation that slows its progression. While much more research is needed to investigate the results, the researchers are very excited by the findings.
November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, a time to increase the public’s understanding of the disease. Awareness and understanding lead to funding for research, which can lead to a cure. In the meantime, anyone experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia is encouraged to contact their Orange County therapist or a counseling center.