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    December 5 2013

    Alzheimer’s: the modern memory scourge with no cure and no lasting treatment options. The apparent futility of the quest for a pharmaceutical cure has led some scientists to examine the possibility of alternative therapies. One method that has garnered particular attention in recent years is meditation—specifically those practices that emphasize mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation encourages practitioners to turn their awareness to the present moment and accept the current state of their lives and their being. Past and future don’t matter when one is truly mindful of their present selves.

    Over the long-term, mindfulness meditation actually alters an individual’s brain chemistry and functioning.

    A recent study has even linked the practice with positive neurological changes in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) a dementia precursor condition that often manifests in Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center conducted functional MRI (fMRI) scans on the brains of adults, some of whom were cognitively normal and some who had been diagnosed with MCI.

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