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The impact of meditation on healthy ageing - the current state of knowledge and a roadmap to future directions

Klimecki, O; Marchant, NL; Lutz, A; Poisnel, G; Chételat, G; Collette, F; (2019) The impact of meditation on healthy ageing - the current state of knowledge and a roadmap to future directions. Current Opinion in Psychology , 28 pp. 223-228. 10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.01.006. Green open access

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Abstract

There is increasing evidence that meditation-based training promotes healthy ageing across many dimensions. This review summarizes the existing knowledge on the effects of meditation training on healthy ageing in the domains of emotions, cognition (with a special emphasis on attentional processes), and the preservation of related brain structures. Although evidence so far is promising, more rigorous randomized controlled studies with active control groups and long-term follow-up in older people are needed. We outline how these challenges can be addressed in future studies using the example of an ongoing project, Medit-Ageing (public name: Silver Santé Study), including two independent randomized controlled trials (RCT) as well as one cross-sectional study with meditation experts.

Type: Article
Title: The impact of meditation on healthy ageing - the current state of knowledge and a roadmap to future directions
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.01.006
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.01.006
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: dementia; emotion; attention; cognition; compassion; anxiety; depression; stress; Medit-Ageing; allostatic load
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079092
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