Those who have reached retirement age often face a period of life characterized by declining health and vitality. At this time in the fulfillment of life one should be able to enjoy life at its most rewarding.
Senior citizens of society will be encouraged by the following research studies indicating a slowing and even reversal of the aging process through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation program. These profound physiological benefits are also accompanied by reports of increased mental clarity, improved memory, and other signs of an overall enrichment of life that is the natural outcome of the development of consciousness.
Decreased Need for Medical Care: Decreased Outpatient Visits
Medical insurance data on participants in the Transcendental Meditation program indicated that they required significantly less outpatient doctor visits for both medical and surgical procedures in contrast to the average of all other insured persons. Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987.
Decreased Outpatient Visits Indicating Healthier Aging
Participants in the Transcendental Meditation program, in contrast to the average of all other insured persons, showed a significant reduction in outpatient doctor visits that was even more pronounced among participants who were older, as indicated by analysis of five years of medical insurance data. Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987.
Decreased Need for Medical Care: Decreased Hospitalization
A study of approximately 2000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation Programme analyzing five years of medical insurance data found that they required significantly less hospitalization, for both medical and surgical procedures, in comparison to the average of all other insured persons. Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987.
Decreased Hospitalization Indicating Healthier Aging
An analysis of five years of medical insurance data found that the significant reduction in hospitalization among participants in the Transcendental Meditation program, in comparison to other insured persons, was even more dramatic among participants who were older. Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 49: 493–507, 1987.
Reduced Illness and Medical Expenditures
A study of medical utilization and expenditures found that those who participated in Maharishi’s Vedic Approach to Health, which includes practice of the Transcendental Meditation program, showed greatly reduced hospital days, outpatient hospital visits, and overall medical expenditures in comparison to norms. Reference: The American Journal of Managed Care 3: 135–144, 1997.
Decreased Health Care Expenditures
A study of 677 people in Quebec, Candada, who learned the Transcendental Meditation program found that after learning the program government payments for physicians’ services declined significantly, in comparison to an increasing trend before learning the practice. Reference: American Journal of Health Promotion 10: 208–216, 1996.
More Effective Information Processing in the Elderly: Shorter Latency of Brain Responses
Elderly individuals who practice Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation program, in comparison to controls of the same age, show faster response of the brain to visual stimuli (shorter latency of P300 response). This type of response of the brain usually becomes slower with age, and this finding thus indicates one aspect of the reversal of the aging process which takes place through regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation program. Reference: Psychophysiology 26: S29 (Abstract), 1989.
Biochemistry of Sustained Youthfulness
Higher levels of plasma dehydropepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) later in life are associated with greater health; this substance in the body usually declines with age after the mid-twenties. Those practising Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation program showed higher levels of plasma DHEA-S than controls. This chart graphs the average elevation among male participants in the Transcendental Meditation program over 50 years of age; women had similar results. Reference: Journal of Behavioral Medicine 15: 327–341, 1992.
Younger Biological Age
Those who had been regularly practising the Transcendental Meditation program showed younger biological age, with a greater reduction in biological age the longer they had been participating in the program. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 16: 53–58, 1982.
Increased Longevity in the Elderly
This follow-up study of a group of elderly people (average age 80.7 years) who were randomly assigned to either learn the Transcendental Meditation program or to three control groups found that those who learned the Transcendental Meditation program showed a significant increase in longevity (survival time) in comparison to the other three groups. Reference: Circulation 93: 629 (Abstract), 1996.
Reduction of Atherosclerosis
This study found that those who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, indicated on the right bar, showed reduced thickening of the carotid artery. This finding was in contrast to continued thickening of this artery among a control group, shown on the left, who took a health education program on diet and exercise for alleviating cardiovascular problems. Reference: Stroke 31: 568–573, 2000.
Reduction of Angina Episodes
The term cardiac syndrome X is applied to patients with anginal chest pain and normal coronary angiograms. Such patients often remain symptomatic despite conventional antianginal medications and the reassurance provided by the cardiologist. The chest pain which they experience is often exertional but frequently also occurs at rest; such symptoms may mimic unstable angina and lead to readmission to hospital and repeat investigations. The twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique for 3 months significantly reduced incidence of angina episodes, improved exercise tolerance, and increased subjective quality of life in patients suffering from this syndrome. Reference: American Journal of Cardiology 85: 653-655, 2000.
Decreased Medical Expenses
This study measured annual percentage change in inflation-adjusted government payments for physicians’ services over 14 years among 1,418 people in Quebec, Canada, who learned the Transcendental Meditation program in comparison to 1,418 controls randomly selected from individuals of the same age, gender, and region. Before learning the Transcendental Meditation program there was no significant difference in annual change between the two groups, with a slightly greater increase among the group that would later begin the program. After learning the Transcendental Meditation program, individuals showed a statistically significant average annual decline of 13.8 per cent, relative to controls, in payments for physicians’ services. Reference: American Journal of Health Promotion 14: 284–291, 2000.
SUMMARY OF INDICATORS OF REVERSAL OF AGING
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