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Research shows 70% reduction in health care expenses of elderly people practising Transcendental Meditation

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23 July 2011

Another in a series of peer-reviewed, scientific research studies investigates how the Transcendental Meditation program lowers health-care costs.

The second study to be considered in this series—a study of Transcendental Meditation participants over the age of 65—investigated whether the Transcendental Meditation technique can reduce medical expenditures in the elderly.

Payments to physicians for treating 163 Transcendental Meditation practitioners over the age of 65 were compared with those for 163 control subjects matched for age, sex and other factors.

The TM group's five-year cumulative reduction in payments to physicians was 70% less than the control group's.

This is especially significant because the elderly account for disproportionately higher expenses than the rest of the population. Rising costs for health care for the elderly are a major concern for governments and health insurance providers throughout the world.

Reference: Herron, R.E. Cavanaugh, K. Can the Transcendental Meditation Program Reduce the Medical Expenditures of Older People? A Longitudinal Cost Reduction Study in Canada. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 2005, 17: 415-442.

Click here for more about Transcendental Meditation and reduced health care costs, including related research showing reduced health care utilization in all categories of disease, and other published studies.

© Copyright 2011 American Association of Physicians Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique

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