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10 ways in which Yoga Meditation helps nourish Body, Brain and Mind

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An easy, low cost, natural practice can help us boost our brain power, be healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age, and improve our quality of life and happiness. It could also reduce some of the staggering health care costs seen today.

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12 Ways Yoga Meditation Helps Nourish The Body, Brain and Mind

An easy, low cost, natural practice can help us boost our brain power, be healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age, and improve our quality of life and happiness. It could also reduce some of the staggering health care costs seen today.

Curious about what that practice is?

Recently The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), of which I’m the founding president and medical director, presented a summary of Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding, and Nurturing, Resilience and Adaptability

Over and over again—in natural disasters, after the SARS epidemic, following the loss of a child or spouse—Bonanno’s longitudinal studies on loss and trauma revealed the exact same pattern at the population level. No matter how bad the trauma, rates of PTSD never exceeded one-third, and rates of resilience were always found in at least one-third and never more than two-thirds of the population.

“This pattern of response is so ubiquitous, and so consistent, it begs the question: Why are we, as a species, designed this way?” asks Bonanno.

One possible answer is that the design ensures that there is always at least a sizable minority, or even a majority, to take care of those deeply affected by a trauma. Read the rest of this entry »

MetLife Mature Market Institute: Meaning, Purpose and Cognitive Health for a Lifelong Good Life

Increased longevity has generated many questions and much interest in healthy aging and retirement lifestyles over the recent decades. As Americans become educated regarding lifestyle choices that contribute to both physical and mental health, the definition of healthy aging has expanded to include brain health.

The notion of retirement as a time of withdrawal from society, to be spent on rest and repose reflected the thinking of a previous era when people expected shorter life spans. It is now known that the human brain benefits from environments rich in novel and complex stimuli, and that by actively participating in society and taking on personally relevant roles, people find meaning and purpose, which gives them a reason to get up in the morning and pursue new challenges.

This year, the MetLife Mature Market Institute published a research study titled Discovering What Matters: Balancing Money, Medicine and Meaning. The study explored how people rebalance their priorities over time and juggle various competing aspects of life including money, medicine (a metaphor for health) and meaning, in order to live the Good Life.  Having purpose was found to Read the rest of this entry »

12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement

Quick link to an excellent and inspiring article in the Wall Street Journal: 12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement
(open access during a week)

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