Medical News Today: Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study.
“The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members and caregivers,” said study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern and a fellow of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “Although they know things will likely get worse, they can learn to focus on the present, deriving enjoyment in the moment with acceptance and without excessive worry about the … Read more »
Julia Corbett, carehome.co.uk: Mindfulness is a practice which can help people relieve stress through a number of techniques that concentrate on living in the present and focusing on an immediate activity, like breathing.
The project, led by Positive Ageing Associates, is investigating whether this form of stress relief could be beneficial for people in the early stages of dementia as a way to offer respite from the difficulties and frustrations people experience when coping with the illness.
Dr Sophie Sansom, academic psychologist at Natural Mind Centre for Research and Practice, and part of the research team explained: “Mindfulness has been used in…
Health Canal: Understanding if regular meditation can relieve the burden of stress on people caring for dementia sufferers is the focus of a new study being led by the University of South Australia, in collaboration with RMIT, the Maharishi Invincibility Centre and Adelaide Hills Council.
Mature man practising transcendental meditation
With more than 266,000 Australians now suffering from dementia and numbers expected to rise sharply as our population ages, UniSA’s Dr Matthew Leach from the School of Nursing and Midwifery and lead investigator, says the well-being of those caring for dementia sufferers does not receive much attention.
“What we know is that caring for a person with dementia…
Psych Central: A new study suggests those diagnosed with early stage dementia can slow their physical, mental and psychological decline by taking part in therapeutic programs that combine counseling, support groups, Chinese exercise and meditation.Some of the benefits of this approach are comparable to those achieved with anti-dementia medications. Read more here.