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Does Meditation Promote Brain Health?

by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Brain Health Expert
August 23, 2013

Question: Does meditation help with maintaining brain health?

Answer: Meditation does promote brain health in several ways: First, meditation is one of the tools we can use to slow down, to gain mental and emotional balance, and to set our brain in harmony with our surrounding. Most of the time we live our lives out of balance with little symmetry or neuronal harmony. Becoming conscious of our person and our existence in time and place, by using mindfulness, and by working at being in the moment without distraction or worry of past or future events we can achieve inner peace and balance.

Meditation also enhances our attention system that is critical for most cognitive functions and related functional performance. Research continues to offer support that meditation is quite useful in promoting attention and sustained attention and for helping those with mild cognitive impairment including older adults.

We will see increased research and investigation into how meditation affects the brain and how it works at bringing positive emotional and cognitive outcomes. I believe meditation will become a major part of our ongoing health care system and personal lifestyle in the United States.

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Dr. Nussbaum earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona and completed his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has provided care to older adults for over 25 years and specializes in normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders. His brain health lifestyle ® has been published in consumer friendly texts, presented to diverse audiences across the nation, and is frequently cited in the media.

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