How Meditation and Prayer Promotes Impacts Aging

Note: This post is not intended to promote or discourage any type of religious believe.  We found the research interesting and felt readers would find it interesting regardless of the religions, or lack of, religious beliefs.

Previous research has shown religion to have a positive effect on older peoples’ lives.

Older people who practice religion tend to be more physically healthier than those who did not. The reason why is because older people who practice solitary spiritual pursuits are engaged in purposeful activities that give them inner satisfaction.

The idea that a personal relationship with a higher being through prayer promotes successful aging is an example of selective optimization with compensation. This theory says that successful aging is dependent on a person selecting a specific task important to them, and then completing that task by optimizing the skills they still have while compensating for the skills they no longer have.

The classic textbook example illustrates an older man who wants to keep his driver’s license but knows he can no longer see at night. What does he do? He only drives during the day and finds someone to drive him around at night. Now back to the prayer example; by SELECTING prayer as a means to maintain religious identity, older adults are OPTIMIZING their current abilities while COMPENSATING that they are no longer able to be as physically involved with their church as they use to be.

Studies have found that a prerequisite to these benefits is an existing belief in a higher being. Sometimes people dealing with the end stages of life seek out religion as a way to come to terms with death. This has been shows to have little impact, as individuals were not show to receive the emotional and physical benefits of prayer unless they has an existing belief in the who/what they are praying to.

The role of meditation

It should also be noted that meditation has many of the same benefits that prayer has. People who practice meditation are physically healthier than those who do not. It is probably because meditation helps people deal with a stress in a more healthy manner.

Both practices–prayer and meditation–help people deal with stress and anxiety. Prayer teaches people to give their worries to a higher being, meditation teaches people to let their worries just go. What’s the secret to successful aging? To age successfully you need engage in meaningful activities that bring your inner satisfaction that also reduce your stress.

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About the Author: Ryan Malone is the founder of InsideElder Care and author of the ByFamilies, For Families Guide to Assisted Living. He regularly speaks and advises families about how to improve their aging loved one’s quality of life. Ryan is also the president of SmartBug Media, a content marketing agency that helps companies increase leads, customers and influence. You can read more from Ryan on the SmartBug Media blog or follow him on Twitter.

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Back by Demand: Orange County Date for “Assisted Living Saved My Mom”

Ryan Malone will be presenting “Assisted Living Saved My Mom” at San Clemente Villas by the Sea, in San Clemente, California. The Villas have a fantastic view and a high-energy management team, so it should be a great event.

If you missed the standing-room only even in January, this one is something to make time for.  If you have friends or colleagues who are consider elder care for their parents, this is a must see event based on real-world success.

Courtesy of San Clemente Villas, all attendees will receive an autographed copy of the By Families, For Families Guide to Assisted Living.

A Unique Presentation

Designed for families and industry professionals, “Assisted Living Saved My Mom” is a unique and interactive presentation that shares how families can make a positive experience out of assisted living.  I share  tips for families that you will not hear in other places and can only be said because my family lived it.  In fact, there are a few parts that make the assisted living provider a bit uncomfortable.  Why? Because you’ll learn the tough questions to ask!

Peace of Mind

You’ll leave this presentation confident in your ability to (a) decide whether assisted living is right for your family, and (b) if it is, how you can take the bull by the horns and make it a good thing.

As I mentioned, San Clemente Villas will be providing at no cost autographed copies of my book series “The By Families, For Families Guide to Assisted Living” to all who attend.

Here’s the info – I hope you can join us for this very special and informative event.

San Clemente Villas by The Sea
April 28, 2010 ~ 6:00pm
660 Camino de los Mares
San Clemente, CA 92673

(949) 289-1534

For RSVPs, please email Aileen Brazeau – aileen@www.sanclementevillas.com.

Orange County Speaking Dates for “Assisted Living Saved My Mom”

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope everyone had a great holiday and is excited for a fun and positive 2010.

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be presenting “Assisted Living Saved My Mom” at Brookdale Senior Living in Irvine, California.  Irvine is in the middle of Orange County, about 35 minutes south of Los Angeles.

A Unique Presentation

Designed for families and industry professionals, “Assisted Living Saved My Mom” is a unique and interactive presentation that shares how families can make a positive experience out of assisted living.  I share  tips for families that you will not hear in other places and can only be said because my family lived it.  In fact, there are a few parts that make the assisted living provider a bit uncomfortable.  Why? Because you’ll learn the tough questions to ask!

Peace of Mind

You’ll leave this presentation confident in your ability to (a) decide whether assisted living is right for your family, and (b) if it is, how you can take the bull by the horns and make it a good thing.

Brookdale will be providing at no cost autographed copies of my book series “The By Families, For Families Guide to Assisted Living” to all who attend.

Here’s the info – I really hope to see you there:

Wednesday, January 13th @ 6pm
Brookdale – Inn at the Park
10 Marquette
Irvine, CA
(located across from the UC Irvine Campus)

(949) 854-3766

For RSVPs, please email Beth Otterbein – botterbein@brookdaleliving.com

Ryan Malone Joins the Advisory Board of the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL)

I am honored to announced that I have been invited and accepted an invitation to join the advisory board for the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL).

As on might imagine, the decision to join the advisory board of any organization is not something taken lightly.  It requires a deep belief in the purpose of the organization and the leadership team that drives it.  I found both with CCAL and want to share with you a bit about the organization, as it is closely aligned with my “by families, for families” approach to elder care.

CCAL’s Mission

The Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living (CCAL) is a national consumer education and advocacy organization focused on the needs, rights and protection of assisted living consumers, their caregivers and loved ones. CCAL educates consumers and professionals, and advocates for assisted living issues. CCAL works collaboratively with a broad spectrum of people and organizations to support quality, affordable assisted living.

Goals and Objectives

  • Ensure that the organization is financially secure, well managed, and successful in achieving its annual goals.
  • Educate consumers, advocates, professionals and the public about choices and needs in the confusing landscape of assisted living.
  • Strengthen the consumer’s voice and involvement in advocacy for assisted living.
  • Provide tools and resources to help consumers make informed choices.
  • Promote quality care and effective practices to enhance the quality of life for assisted living residents.
  • Advocate for assisted living as an option for individuals who have low to moderate incomes.
  • Monitor national assisted living issues to support consumer needs and to ensure that industry practices do not take precedence over consumer needs.
  • Serve as a national resource and facilitator to promote the exchange of information and ideas among the diverse stakeholders of assisted living.

Over the next several months, I will be sharing with you some of the major accomplishments CCAL has achieved and how we are collaborating with assisted living providers, industry experts and policymakers to make assisted living a positive experience for residents and their families.

Brookdale Arizona Hosts Ryan Malone and “By Families, For Families” Book Signing

Look out Arizona!  “By Families, For Families” is coming to a town near you.

Brookdale Senior Living is hosting me for a four-city speaking tour and book signing to cover their Arizona region.  If you are in Arizona and considering assisted living for a friend or family member, please make a point to come to the event.

During the event, I’ll be giving a presentation entitled “Assisted Living Saved My Mom,” signing books and answering any questions you may have as to assisted living and how you can proactively make it a positive experience for you and your family.

Hope to see you there!

Four Dates to Choose From

Sunday, September 13, 2009 (Tuscon)
Time: 2 – 4 PM

Tuscon – Freedom Inn Ventana Canyon
5660 North Kolb Road
Reservations: Call Kaye @ 520-577-6940

Monday, September 14, 2009 (Peoria)
Time: 4 – 6 PM

Peoria – The Inn at Freedom Plaza
13725 North 93rd Drive
Reservations: Call Diana @ 623-815-6170

Tuesday, September 15 (Mesa)
Time: 10AM – Noon
Mesa – The Springs of East Mesa
6220 East Broadway Road
Reservations: Call Sheri @ 480-985-8900

Tuesday, September 15 (Scottsdale)
Time: 4 – 6 PM (Yes, the same day as Mesa)

Scottsdale – Freedom Inn at Scottsdale
15436 North 64th Street
Reservations: Call JoAnn @ 480-948-6950

Announcing the By Families, For Families Guide to Assisted Living

Many of you know that I’ve been working on a book – one that takes a “by families, for families” approach to assisted living.  One that fundamentally assumes that assisted living can be a wonderfully positive experience for both your loved one and your family. There was so much missing when it came time to help my mom transition to assisted living.  So I decided to write it all down, so that other people didn’t have to go through the same thing that I did.

It’s actually not just an e-book – but a complete collection of e-books that address both the family and the resident.

I want to thank everyone for the kind emails, words of encouragement and “attaboys” that gave me the energy to write this e-book collection.  Without your continuous inspiration and the inspiration of my mom, it would not have been possible.

I hope you find the collection as unique and useful as I do.  I believe so strongly in its content, that I’ve included a money-back guarantee for anyone who doesn’t find it made a difference in their transition and peace of mind.

Click her to learn more about the book collection.