Meditation and music can help reverse early memory loss in adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Indeed, a study published in January 2017 emphasizes previous research and confirms the benefits of meditation and the virtues of music.
Improved memory and cognitive function
Meditation and music improve memory and cognitive function in adults with subjective cognitive decline.
Indeed, a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicates that adults with early memory loss are sensitive to meditation and music.
A research team led by Dr. Kim Innes , found that practicing a simple meditation or music listening program can have multiple benefits for the elderly with preclinical memory loss .
Sixty elderly adults with subjective cognitive decline (DCS), or mild cognitive impairment (MCT), participated in this research. This condition may represent a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease.
12 minutes per day for 3 months revealed significant and significant progress
Participants had the choice between a beginner’s meditation program ( Kirtan Kriya, taken from Kundalini Yoga ), or a music listening program. Each day participants had to practice 12 minutes of one of the activities of their group.
The meditation and music groups showed marked and significant improvements in the subjective memory function and the objective cognitive performance at 3 months. These include areas of cognitive functioning most likely to be affected in the preclinical and early stages of dementia. For example, attention, executive function, processing speed and subjective memory function. Significant gains in memory and cognition were maintained or increased at 6 months (3 months after participation in the study).
Virtues for mood, sleep, quality of life, and cognition
The authors indicate that these new findings support previous research. They point out that both groups have also improved their sleep, mood, stress, well-being and quality of life. These results are particularly pronounced in the meditation group. All profits were maintained or improved 3 months after participation.
Finally, the results of this essay suggest that two simple practices of mind and body, meditation and listening to music, can be very beneficial. These activities stimulate cognition and help reverse the perceived loss of memory in seniors with subjective cognitive decline. In addition, their daily practice improves mood, sleep and quality of life.