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September 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 7)

Meditation keeps you sharp as you get older
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

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Meditation helps you stay focused, and that's especially true for older meditators who can develop superior cognitive skills such as a better attention span, a new research study has found.

Older people who meditate for up to an hour a day have better cognitive abilities than others of a similar age who meditate less or not at all, researchers from the University of California at Davis have discovered.

The researchers have been tracking the cognitive skills of a group of 60 people who took part in two intensive meditation retreats in 2007 as part of the Shamatha Project, a study that has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama.

Immediately after the intensive finished, all the meditators showed improvements in attention and in general psychological well-being and an ability to cope with stress. Those benefits continued for seven years after the retreat had finished, and that was especially true for those who continued with their meditation practice.


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(Source: Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 2018; doi: 10.1007/s4165-018-0068-1)

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