Mind-Body Therapies for Late-Life Mental and Cognitive Health

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Jan 25;20(1):2. doi: 10.1007/s11920-018-0864-4.


Purpose of review: A growing body of research supports the use of mind-body therapies (MBTs) as minimally invasive and effective approaches for the management of late-life mood and cognitive disorders.

Recent findings: Recent randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses indicate that MBTs are effective for enhancing well-being, mood, sleep, and cognition in older adults. Evidence suggests that mindful movement (e.g., yoga, tai chi, walking meditation) may even outperform conventional physical exercise with regard to effects on quality of life, mood, and cognitive functioning. Practitioners may recommend MBTs as holistic, effective approaches for the management of common late-life mood and cognitive disorders. Continued research on MBTs will inform the development of even more effective/targeted interventions and contribute to greater acceptance and integration of these therapies into geriatric medicine and psychiatry.

Keywords: Cognition; Geriatric mood disorders; Mind-body interventions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Cognition Disorders / therapy*
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Health Services for the Aged
  • Humans
  • Mind-Body Therapies*
  • Mood Disorders / therapy*
  • Quality of Life