Meditation can combat loneliness and other health threats
Many of those living in nursing homes, assisted living communities, or independent living are widows and widowers; and while a part of any community’s mission is to foster social interaction, people living in those environments sometimes prefer to stay in their room alone and not participate in activities. For those that choose that lifestyle, mindfulness meditation can help decrease their feelings of loneliness and provide other health benefits as well.
The study took place over an 8 week period and included 40 healthy adults between the ages of 55 and 85. At the beginning of the study participants filled out a survey that gauged their level of loneliness and also took a blood test. Half of the participants did not partake in meditation activity, and half of the participants attended weekly mindfulness meditation classes, meditated for 30 minutes per day and attended a day long retreat. At the end of the 8 week period, researchers found that feelings of loneliness were markedly decreased in those participating in meditation. They also found that inflammation related gene levels noticeably went down at the end of the study. These reductions are significant because it points to another natural way of reducing a person’s risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Mallard Landing Retirement Community offers a variety of ways to combat loneliness. For those that enjoy activities, there are a variety of social events to participate in. For the person who prefers smaller groups or likes to keep to themselves the community enjoys visiting residents individually in their apartment. Every person has a story to tell and we are eager to learn more about every resident. For more information on how Mallard Landing can brighten your life or the life of someone you love, click below for more information.
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