Years after it was first commissioned, the results of the Shamatha project are now coming to light as researchers share what they have learned about meditation, according to The Observer. While some of the findings – like the fact that meditation can boost perception and well-being – are nothing new, others have been striking.
Particularly, researchers were stunned to find out that exercise may be an effective way to delay the process of aging. They believe this may be due to the fact that meditation can help protect part of the DNA called telomeres. These are often thought of as the "clocks" of active cells that determine their lifespan, the news source reports.
Patients with shorter telomeres are at a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and other diseases. Those who meditate were found to have higher telomerase activity, which may be attributed to better protection against these chronic conditions.
Individuals who are looking for ways to age safely, comfortably and independently may also want to consider installing a personal emergency response system in their home, because this device enables users to instantly send a medical alert if they require assistance.
This can be handy for families who are looking after a loved one as well. The National Family Caregivers Association estimates that there are more than 65 million caregivers across the country.