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Tijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 137–143 | Cite as

Mindfulness, cognitieve functies en ‘succesvol ouder worden’

  • M. P. J. van BoxtelEmail author
  • A. E. Speckens
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Samenvatting

Er is steeds meer empirische evidentie dat cultivering van mindfulness via gerichte training bij specifieke doelgroepen positieve gezondheidseffecten heeft, onder meer op het gebied van stresshantering en bij psychische klachten. Onderzoek naar de effectiviteit van op mindfulness-gebaseerde interventies (MBI) bij aan het ouder worden gerelateerde processen en aandoeningen staat echter nog in de kinderschoenen. Dit artikel beschrijft de wetenschappelijke achtergrond waartegen MBI mogelijk een zinvolle bijdrage kan leveren aan succesvol ouder worden, en aan de zorg voor en het welzijn van de oudere mens. In het bijzonder wordt ingegaan op het belang van cognitieve vaardigheden voor dit succes en de wijze waarop MBI deze kan ondersteunen.

Trefwoorden

mindfulness veroudering stress cognitie 

Mindfulness, cognitive function and ‘successful ageing’

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.

Keywords

mindfulness ageing stress cognition review 

Notes

Dankbetuiging

De auteurs danken hun collega Flip Kolthoff, psychiater, voor zijn kritische commentaar op een eerdere versie van dit manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universitair hoofddocent, Alzheimer Centrum Limburg, vakgroep Psychiatrie & NeuropsychologieMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Hoogleraar PsychiatrieUniversitair Medisch Centrum St. RadboudNijmegenThe Netherlands

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