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Interventional Study in Cognitively Intact Seniors Aiming to Assess the Effects of Meditation Training and Foreign Language Learning on Behavioral, Biological and Neuroimaging Measures

2016-12-01 16:08:22 | BioPortfolio

Summary

As the number of older people in Europe grows, increasing healthy life years is a priority. As people live longer, ensuring good mental as well as physical health into later years is becoming ever more important. Cognitive decline, dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's Disease, AD), sleep disturbances and depression, all related to psychological distress and anxiety, are significant drivers of reduced quality of life in older adults. This project builds on evidence that meditation practice have the potential to downregulate these adverse factors and positively impact mental and neurological conditions including AD.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Conditions

Cognitive Aging

Intervention

Meditation practice, Learning English as a foreign language

Location

GIP Cyceron
Caen
Calvados
France
14000

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Institut National de la Santé Et de la Recherche Médicale, France

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-12-01T16:08:22-0500

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Phenomenon that occurs when learning and memory abilities decrease naturally due to age.

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