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Transcendental Meditation for women: Spotlight on Alzheimer's prevention

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19 April 2012

How we age is, to a large extent, a matter of choice. Keeping the millions of brain pathways open and unobstructed is essential for preventing memory loss and maintaining mental agility. Including the Transcendental Meditation technique in one's strategy for graceful aging may be the best measure to prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Brain fitness through meditation
During Transcendental Meditation practice, the awareness is naturally drawn inward to deeper, clearer, more expansive levels of the mind. Scientific research studies show that during the TM technique the brain produces synchronous alpha waves in the prefrontal cortex, often spreading throughout the entire brain. These findings, along with increased blood flow to the brain, indicate more efficient, orderly brain functioning—the different parts of the brain are communicating better, working together better as a whole. 

While brain fitness exercises stimulate only a small portion of the brain, the TM technique allows the entire brain to become more integrated, which means the mind not only stays sharp but becomes sharper; intelligence and creativity improve, reaction time and neurological efficiency get better. 

Women and Alzheimer's
The impact of the epidemic of Alzheimer's centers mostly on women: besides making up two-thirds of those who suffer from Alzheimer's, women are also the main caregivers for those who have the disease. 

Alzheimer's is most prevalent in the U.S., with the onset of the disease beginning at age 40. It is estimated that two out of every three people over 85 will suffer from the disease. Most doctors agree that there is no cure in sight and that treating Alzheimer's with drugs has very limited results, if any—and comes with major side effects. 

Meditation and aging
By improving brain functioning on a daily basis, the Transcendental Meditation technique is key to maintaining vibrant alertness, comprehension and inner wakefulness throughout life and especially as we age.

It's never too late to start meditating. Whether as a safeguard against Alzheimer's or for addressing the onset of dementia or mental deterioration, the TM technique is easy to learn and practice and has been found to not only improve memory, alertness, and decision making, but also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression—which often accompany aging.

''Increasing brain coherence is the most valuable and fundamental tool to help prevent Alzheimer's disease.''
—Brain researcher Dr. Alarik Arenander

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