Brain Gray Matter Changes Associated with Mindfulness Meditation in Older Adults

Flashback to one of the first research articles to show structural gray matter change in older adults with health complaints. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have been previously associated with structural gray matter changes in normal healthy adults. However, there is limited research in older adults and those with health complaints as well. The objective of this pilot investigation was to examine the effect of a standardised 6 week MBI on the gray matter tissue of older adults with sleep disturbances. The MBI was delivered as a weekly, two-hour, six-session, group-based course in mindfulness meditation. The study showed significant gray matter increase within the precuneus, possibly implicating meditation-induced changes of the default mode network. These exploratory findings suggest that mindfulness meditation practice is associated with a detectable alteration of cerebral gray matter in older adults.

(1) Neuro. 2014; 1(1): 23-26. Brain Gray Matter Changes Associated with Mindfulness Meditation in Older Adults: An Exploratory Pilot Study using Voxel-based Morphometry. Florian KurthEileen LudersBrian Wu, and  David S. Black. Published online 2014 Nov 12. doi:  10.17140/NOJ-1-106

 

 

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