Mindfulness, cognitive function and 'successful ageing'

M P J van Boxtel, A E Speckens

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Abstract

There is ample empirical evidence that cultivation of mindfulness in dedicated target populations has positive health effects, specifically in the context of stress management and mental disorders. Research into the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions (MBI) in age-related conditions and disorders is still in its infancy. This paper describes, in brief, the scientific background of MBI and its potential to contribute to successful ageing and the care for and wellbeing of older people. Special focus is dedicated to the contribution of optimal cognitive abilities to this success and to what extent MBI may support cognitive reserve.

Translated title of the contributionMindfulness, cognitive function and 'successful ageing'
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)137-43
Number of pages7
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

Keywords

  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Cognition
  • Female
  • Health Services for the Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress, Psychological

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