If you meditate, keep it up. If you’ve been thinking of starting, you might give it a try. A new study shows that meditation may slow down brain aging.
“While overall life expectancy has been increasing, the human brain still begins deteriorating after the first two decades of life and continues degrading further with increasing age… Existing research, although scarce, suggests meditation to be an attractive candidate in the quest for an accessible and inexpensive, efficacious remedy. Here, we examined the link between age and cerebral gray matter re-analyzing a large sample of long-term meditators and control subjects aged between 24 and 77 years… Altogether, these findings seem to suggest less age-related gray matter atrophy in long-term meditation practitioners.”
– “Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy” by researchers from UCLA medical school and Australia National University, in Frontiers in Psychology