February 24, 2022
If there’s one thing we’ve learned to appreciate over the last year and a half, it’s that social isolation isn’t for the faint of heart. And while many of us often view nutrition, movement, and awareness as the cornerstones of well-being, it is so critical. social connection.
Research suggests that we do better with connection. Babies receiving skin-to-skin contact after birth they tend to cry less, experience lower levels of stress, and adapt more easily to postnatal life. A meta-analysis of 148 studies and 308,849 participants found people with stronger social relationships experienced a 50% increase in longevity and probability of survival.
A study of support and mortality systems he even found that while low support and high negativity increased mortality as a reference, negative family support still generated a cushioning effect that it actually reduced mortality for people with chronic pain.
And although it depends on the person, in general, connecting with people is usually good for our well-being. That’s why Muse couldn’t be more excited partner with Rendeveran innovative company that paves the way for social connection and shared experience through virtual reality for seniors and seniors.
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Older people and the elderly are often at higher risk for loneliness and social isolation. As a more vulnerable population, it may be more difficult for older adults to find ways to feel close and connected, especially with the higher risks of a pandemic. Family and friends with older loved ones may be wondering, “So how can we lessen the effects of loneliness and create more opportunities that increase access to supportive social support and strengthen longevity for older adults? ? ”
First, it is essential to explore the nature of loneliness and how it can affect our health.
The risks of not having enough social connection
For all our social networks, it seems that we are facing an epidemic of loneliness. U.S. surveys suggest that, on average, 1 in 3 adults report feeling lonelywith those over 80 experiencing loneliness at rates as high as 40-50%.
Some people may be more susceptible to loneliness. From personal factors such as genetics, cognitive assessment, and the environment, to limiting social factors such as immigration status, mental or physical disability, language barriers, discrimination, and more.
What is Loneliness?
Loneliness does not just mean being alone. Psychologically, loneliness refers to our perceived lack of social connection, a gap between our current social interactions and those we wish to have. Some people find that they can be alone without feeling alone, while others can feel alone in a crowded room. In its simplest way, loneliness is the anguish of feeling separated from the connections we long for, which often bring meaning and color to our lives.
Loneliness and Health
Loneliness seems to have a profound effect on our response to stress, contributing to a wide variety of impacts on physical and psychological health.
Studies shared by National Institute of Aging (NIA) have linked loneliness to:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Decreased immune function
- Cognitive decay
According to Dr. Steve Cole, Ph.D., director of UCLA’s Social Genomics Core Laboratory,
“Loneliness acts as a fertilizer for other diseases. Solitude biology can accelerate plaque buildup in the arteries, help cancer cells grow and spread, and promote inflammation in the brain that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Loneliness promotes various types of wear and tear on the body. ”
While opportunities for in-person social connection may be limited, there are many options that older adults can explore to help increase social engagement and manage stress, such as mindfulness meditation.
Benefits of mindful meditation
Research suggests that the benefits of meditation tend to focus on managing stress, concentration, and improving well-being. A study published by Standford University Although meditation can take many forms, meditative practice usually involves keeping the focus on an intention. mantra, or object. In this way, meditation gives individuals the space to be more aware of their thoughts, which can increase flexibility in the way we perceive and react to the intensity of our emotions and stressors.
Physical benefits of meditation
Meditation seems to affect physical health primarily by regulating our response to stress, discussed above. An important area of research: the impact of meditation on blood pressure.
A review published by the American Heart Association He found that available research suggests that meditation can help lower blood pressure, as well as reduce the related risks of heart disease, stroke, and blood clots.
The physical benefits of meditation research may include:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke or blood clots
- Reduction of menopausal symptoms
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved pain management
- Decreased symptoms of stress-related or stress-induced conditions (e.g., digestive problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, stomach ulcers, colds, diabetes)
Mental and emotional benefits of meditation
Broadly speaking, research suggests that meditation gives us a greater awareness of our thoughts. According to the American Psychological Associationthis enhanced awareness can help support cognitive flexibility, which in turn can improve our ability to assess stressors with reduced psychological stress and to cope with and recover from our stressors more easily.
Meditation can help slow down age-related mental decline, affecting memory and concentration skills as we age. For example, UCLA researchers found that people who meditate increased white matter connections to your brain and reduction of gray matter loss. These findings suggest that meditation can help slow the rate of mental decline that accompanies natural aging (and that it can be exacerbated by the effects of loneliness and stress).
The benefits of mindful meditation research may include:
- Decreased negative mood
- Reduction of depressive symptoms and anxious thoughts
- Less mental rumination and psychological distress
- Reduction of emotional reactivity
- Improves the ability to cope with and recover from stressors
- Better working memory capacity (short term).
- Improved ability to maintain attention and concentration
- Reduction of age-related cognitive impairment
For these reasons and more, at Muse we are delighted to partner with Rendever to explore the intersection of conscious meditation and virtual reality, and how it can facilitate social connection and well-being to benefit older adults and older people.
Now in partnership with Rendever!
With older adults at particularly high risk for the impacts of stress and social isolation, we are honored and excited to work with Rendever to expand the meditation library available to seniors and seniors.
To create a more immersive, relaxing, and effective virtual reality experience, Muse’s meditation programs will be combined with an immersive video from Rendever’s Breath app. From here, users can design personalized meditation styles and choose virtual reality environments to help them relax. If you want, Rendever virtual reality does it so you can even meditate on the moon!
Led by renowned guides such as Bart Van Melik, Chrissy Carter, Eisha Goldstein and more, Muse’s meditations are designed to inspire feelings of satisfaction, peace, gratitude and joy.
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Do you want to start your meditative practice?
Explore the Muse with Over app 500 meditation programswith collections for sleeping, stress, performance and more.
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