Meditation

Winter Weary? 6 Ways to Cheer Up

Posted on 02/18/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSick of winter yet? The harsh winter has left schools and governments closed, thousands without power and even the usually sunny South at an icy standstill. It’s also caused a cabin fever outbreak of record proportions. Not only are we bored and craving sun; being stuck inside alone can be bad for our health. A University of Chicago study found that feelings of loneliness and isolation can lead to increased stress, higher blood pressure and other health problems. >> Sign up …

A Free, Easy Treatment for Depression

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayWant a free, easy tip for reducing anxiety, depression and pain without medications? Try meditation. New research finds that meditation may be equally as effective as antidepressants in helping to reduce anxiety, depression and pain, according to a review of studies published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed 47 randomized clinical trials with 3,515 participants and found that mindfulness meditation improved symptoms of depression by 10 to 20 percent and symptoms of anxiety by 5 to 10 percent. ”This is …

From Hugs to Music: 7 New Ways to Help Your Heart

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYes, we know that eating more veggies, getting more exercise and controlling blood pressure are the most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, but new research also points to some simple, surprising ways you can protect your ticker. Give more hugs Hugging doesn’t just feel good — it’s good for you. A 10-second hug once or twice a day lowers blood pressure, says a recent Swedish study, published in the journal Comprehensive Psychology, that looked …

Do You Mind? A Stress-buster That’ll Make You Think

Posted on 07/5/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingFor dementia caregivers, it seems that daily meditation can lower depression, improve cognitive functioning—yes, we’re talking about the caregiver here—and even reduce cellular aging caused by stress. According to a recent UCLA study reported in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, meditation did a better job of keeping the blues at bay than a relaxation CD given to caregivers. This study may be small, but compelling because: 5.4 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s More than 15 million Americans …

Caregiver Respite: 5 Ways to Make It Last

Posted on 05/1/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe magic number for the trip was “5.” Five days of the sound of ocean. Five days of reading magazines. Five days of eating scrumptious seafood in lovely beachside restaurants. Five days of chatting non-stop with my dear friend of 45 years, Laurette. It took me five days of this nirvana to finally wake up in the morning without a panicky feeling, “What didn’t I do before I left? What do I need to get done today? What have I …

How Our Brain Works: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Inner World

Posted on 04/19/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthOur brains may be one of the last frontiers for explorers of human physiology. The past few years have seen remarkable breakthroughs in understanding how the brain works. New discoveries in the field of neuroscience are helping us understand how and what we perceive and feel, how we learn and store memories and how reasoning and decision making are processed. Here are four new insights: Concrete Thinking Treats Depression: Concrete thinking, or concreteness training (CNT), is a technique that replaces …