Project partners get a taste of meditation intervention techniques
Silver Santé partners were given a fascinating insight into the meditation intervention experienced by volunteers in the Study’s clinical trials when they took part in a guided meditation session at the project’s annual meeting.
Led by instructor Martine Batchelor, who has been working with the meditation groups in the Age Well clinical trial, the 3-hour session at the meeting in Liege, Belgium, gave partners the opportunity to experience the different types of meditation being practiced in the study.
During the 3-day meeting, the ten partners – from Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the UK – also shared progress on the study’s nine work packages and took part in workshops to discuss aspects of work in close detail.
Project Coordinator Dr Gaël Chételat, of Inserm, France, says: “It was good to see so many of our project colleagues in Liege and to hear about the great progress being made in the different areas of the study.
“All the work packages are going well and one of our clinical trials has now finished so we’re on track to see the first results during 2019.
“It was also a privilege to experience some of the meditation techniques being practiced by some of our Age Well trial volunteers and we’re very grateful to Martine for leading the session.”
The Silver Santé Study is the first multi-disciplinary research project to examine the impact of mental training techniques – such as meditation and learning a language – on the brain with a view to improving the mental health and well-being of people in later life. It is also exploring the effects of certain lifestyle factors, including sleep quality, emotions, diet and physical activity, on our mental health as we age.
Above: The Silver Santé Study consortium partners at their annual meeting in Liège, Belgium.
The project’s partners taking part in a meditation session hosted by instructor, Martine Batchelor.
SCD Well results due in 2019
One of the Study’s two clinical trials – SCD Well – has now been successfully completed and the results are expected to be released next year.
The trial, led by Dr Natalie Marchant of University College London (UCL), is investigating the impact of mental training techniques on the health and well-being of patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) recruited from memory clinics in France, Germany, Spain and the UK.
Researchers will now analyse the results in order to assess the effects of short-term interventions, such as taking part in a health education or mindfulness programme, on 147 patients. Behavioural measures have been monitored to see how much of a difference can be made to participants’ well-being due to the intervention.
Dr Natalie Marchant (2nd from left) with her SCD Well colleagues at UCL.
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