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VOLUME 1 • NUMBER 1 • October 2015

Meditation and Seniors

Meditation is a mental exercise that helps people of all ages reach a high level of relaxation and reduce stress. The many benefits of meditation include:

  • The ability to find new perspective on stressful situations
  • Decreased mind wandering and enhanced concentration
  • Deeper self-awareness and connection with your true, inner self
  • Enhanced moods and reduction of negative emotions
  • Higher functioning memory and well-preserved cognizance in the golden years

A Message from Dr. Marco
Dr. Noah Marco, Chief Medical Officer
While meditation is commonly thought of as an exercise used to clear and relax the mind, it can also serve as an exercise that strengthens and sharpens the brain. When we take the time to enter into this serene state of mind, our brains become stimulated in many areas — the prefrontal cortex, frontal lobe, left and right hemispheres, and Hippocampus. This activity can lead to enhanced memory, creativity, ability to focus, and even an improved emotional state of being. Doctors usually ask their patients if they are exercising. If you meditate, you can answer by saying yes, and you did it by relaxing your mind and body.

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