A mind is a terrible thing to waste and as we age it becomes easier to do so. If we stop stimulating our minds, older adults become susceptible to several diseases such as Alzheimer’s, or other disorders, like ADHD.
However, there is a way to keep our minds stimulated in pursuit of healthy longevity: “a brain imaging study at Yale University shows how people who regularly practice meditation are able to switch off areas of the brain linked to daydreaming, anxiety, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.”
Meditation has many health related benefits including coping with cancer to quitting smoking. It can put people at ease with themselves and their situation. One very interesting aspect of the Yale study is that the part of the brain most positively affected by meditation has “been linked to the accumulation of beta amyloid plaques in Alzheimer’s disease.” In other words, the more individuals meditate, the lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s, according to this study.