Welcome to my blog—an eyes-open and free-spirited exploration of Western and Eastern spirituality, mindfulness, philosophy and literature. A member of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association, I lectured at the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (now the Health Education and Training Institute) to mental health workers for 14 years and at the University of Technology, Sydney to law students for 16 years. My interests include metaphysics, mythology and addiction recovery.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
MINDFULNESS MAY STAVE OFF DEMENTIA
meditation may stave off dementia.
Researchers from University College
London examined studies looking at the association between
mid-life anxiety, depression, and the development of dementia. The
findings, published in BMJ Open, point to an
association between moderate to severe anxiety or depression and
future dementia, with a gap of at least 10 years in between diagnoses. In other
words, those who suffered clinically significant – that is, moderate to severe
– anxiety or depression in mid-life were more likely to develop dementia years
It seems that responses
to stress may speed up brain cell ageing and degenerative changes in the
central nervous system, increasing vulnerability to dementia. Mindfulness and
meditation, which have been found to reduce anxiety, have the potential to
reduce the risk of later dementia.
The research involved
Study: Gimson A, Schlosser M, Huntley JD,
et al. ‘Support for midlife anxiety diagnosis as an independent risk factor
for dementia: a systematic review.’ BMJ Open 2018;8:e019399. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019399