Older adults who suffer from loneliness are at far greater risk of health problems such as heart disease, Alzheimer's and premature death.
Schemes to encourage social networking such as creating community centres have had limited effectiveness. Now scientists have come up with a new way for people to tackle the social ill - on their own.
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that teaching mindful meditation techniques was
effective at reducing feelings of isolation, while at the same time
boosting their ability to fight disease.
Study leader J. David Creswell, said: 'We always tell people to quit smoking
for health reasons, but rarely do we think about loneliness in the same
way. We know that
loneliness is a major risk factor for health problems and mortality in
older adults. This research suggests that mindfulness meditation
training is a promising intervention for improving the health of older
practice dating back to the time of the spiritual leader Buddha focuses
on creating an attentive awareness of the present moment.
Source - Daily Mail