A research team from West Virginia University has found that meditation or listening to music have a host of benefits for adults with pre-clinical memory loss and cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Sixty adults were given a beginner’s meditation or a music listening program to practice for just 12 minutes a day for 12 weeks. The results were astounding. Both groups showed a significant improvement in memory and cognitive function. But that’s not all—both groups, but especially the meditation group, experienced better sleep, mood and quality of life, and a reduction in stress. It seems we could all benefit from making music and meditation part of our daily routine!