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Bringing Together Aging and Mindfulness

We have the potential to live longer. In fact Americans live longer and this trend has been going on for a while now. The question is what kind of quality of life to expect? Or maybe even more importantly; what can you do to ensure the best possible level of well-being as you grow older.

Interestingly enough and not surprising at all, those who practice mindfulness and meditation live better lives as they get older.

The research in this area is very convincing!

The benefits show themselves on both the physiological, even cellular level, as well as in the emotional and cognitive health of participants.


a woman and man with white hair sitting on their yoga mats, aging and mindfulness ensure GREATER WELL-BEING
a woman and man with white hair and fitness outfit, bicycles in front of them, on the beach, whould you prefer to age gracefuly with mindfulness?

This study looked at improvements in a group of elderly clients in nursing homes with an average age of 89 years old.

“….on paired associate learning; 2 measures of cognitive flexibility; word fluency; mental health; systolic blood pressure; and ratings of behavioral flexibility, aging, and treatment efficacy. The Mindfulness group improved most,”

It is never too late to train your mind in mindfulness and mediation and the results are certainly worth it!

The Research on Aging and Mindfulness

Do you know what telomeres are? they are a cap at the end of chromosomes and they act as a predictor for an organism’s length of life. This research looked at telomere length and the effect of mindfulness meditation.

“….we propose that some forms of meditation may have salutary effects on telomere length by reducing cognitive stress and stress arousal and increasing positive states of mind and hormonal factors that may promote telomere maintenance. Aspects of this model are currently being tested in ongoing trials of mindfulness meditation….”


Longevity and Well-being, is it possible?

The answer is yes. Aging and mindfulness go hand in hand to allow for better quality of life!

Well-being is a subjective state. You may find that living mindfully provides tremendous benefits on all levels, objective and subjective:

  • A healthier body
  • A calmer mind
  • A greater ability to face whatever challenges life brings
  • More meaningful relationships
  • Better stress management
  • Compassion for self and others
  • A state of balance and harmony
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Shirly Gilad
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist at Integrative Hypnotherapy Boca Raton
Shirly Gilad is an accomplished and experienced practitioner. She has knowledge in both traditional medicine and complementary practices. She is a certified clinical hypnotherapist. She holds graduate degrees in nursing, clinical nutrition and homeopathic medicine. Shirly is also a behavioral analyst and an expert in assessing behaviors and changing dysfunctional behavior patterns. Shirly studied in the United States and worked at a large clinic in New York that provided comprehensive treatment for cancer patients. She now caters to local community from her Boca Raton office as she helps national and international clients over Skype.

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