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Elderly and Aging

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

Mind-Body Therapies for Late-Life Mental and Cognitive Health.
Laird KT, Paholpak P, Roman M, Rahi B, Lavretsky H.
Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Jan 25;20(1):2.
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Evidence based effects of yoga practice on various health related problems of elderly people: A review.
Mooventhan A, Nivethitha L.
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017 Oct;21(4):1028-1032.
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Mind-Body Therapies in Individuals With Dementia: An Integrative Review.
Anderson JG, Rogers CE, Bossen A, Testad I, Rose KM.
Res Gerontol Nurs. 2017 Nov 1;10(6):288-296.
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The therapeutic effects of yoga in people with dementia: a systematic review.
Du Q, Wei Z.
Int J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2017 Jan;32(1):118.
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The Neural Mechanisms of Meditative Practices: Novel Approaches for Healthy Aging.
Acevedo BP, Pospos S, Lavretsky H.
Curr Behav Neurosci Rep. 2016;3(4):328-339.
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Knee osteoarthritis pain in the elderly can be reduced by massage therapy, yoga and tai chi: A review.
Field T.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Feb;22:87-92.
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Systematic Review of Yoga Interventions to Promote Cardiovascular Health in Older Adults.
Barrows JL, Fleury J.
West J Nurs Res. 2016 Jun;38(6):753-81.
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The Effect of a Meditative Movement Intervention on Quality of Sleep in the Elderly: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Wu WW, Kwong E, Lan XY, Jiang XY.
J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Sep;21(9):509-19.
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Effects of relaxation interventions on depression and anxiety among older adults: a systematic review.
Klainin-Yobas P, Oo WN, Suzanne Yew PY, Lau Y.
Aging Ment Health. 2015;19(12):1043-55.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Hatha Yoga Practice Improves Attention and Processing Speed in Older Adults: Results from an 8-Week Randomized Control Trial.
Gothe NP, Kramer AF, McAuley E.
J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jan;23(1):35-40.
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Electromyographic Pattern during Gait Initiation Differentiates Yoga Practitioners among Physically Active Older Subjects.
Lelard T, Doutrellot PL, Temfemo A, Ahmaidi S.
Front Hum Neurosci. 2017 Jun 14;11:300.
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Greater Cortical Thickness in Elderly Female Yoga Practitioners-A Cross-Sectional Study.
Afonso RF, Balardin JB, Lazar S, Sato JR, Igarashi N, Santaella DF, Lacerda SS, Amaro E Jr, Kozasa EH.
Front Aging Neurosci. 2017 Jun 20;9:201.
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A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Chair Yoga on Pain and Physical Function Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults With Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis.
Park J, McCaffrey R, Newman D, Liehr P, Ouslander JG.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Mar;65(3):592-597.
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Neurochemical and Neuroanatomical Plasticity Following Memory Training and Yoga Interventions in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment.
Yang H, Leaver AM, Siddarth P, Paholpak P, Ercoli L, St Cyr NM, Eyre HA, Narr KL, Khalsa DS, Lavretsky H.
Front Aging Neurosci. 2016 Nov 21;8:277.
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Yoga practice improves executive function by attenuating stress levels.
Gothe NP, Keswani RK, McAuley E.
Biol Psychol. 2016 Dec;121(Pt A):109-116.
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Changes in Neural Connectivity and Memory Following a Yoga Intervention for Older Adults: A Pilot Study.
Eyre HA, Acevedo B, Yang H, Siddarth P, Van Dyk K, Ercoli L, Leaver AM, Cyr NS, Narr K, Baune BT, Khalsa DS, Lavretsky H.
J Alzheimers Dis. 2016;52(2):673-84.
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Yoga Is as Good as Stretching-Strengthening Exercises in Improving Functional Fitness Outcomes: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial.
Gothe NP, McAuley E.
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2016 Mar;71(3):406-11.
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Comparative impacts of Tai Chi, balance training, and a specially-designed yoga program on balance in older fallers.
Ni M, Mooney K, Richards L, Balachandran A, Sun M, Harriell K, Potiaumpai M, Signorile JF.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Sep;95(9):1620-1628.e30.
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The biomechanical demands of standing yoga poses in seniors: The Yoga empowers seniors study (YESS).
Wang MY, Yu SS, Hashish R, Samarawickrame SD, Kazadi L, Greendale GA, Salem G.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Jan 9;13:8.
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Does yoga engender fitness in older adults? A critical review.
Roland KP, Jakobi JM, Jones GR.
J Aging Phys Act. 2011 Jan;19(1):62-79.
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The psychological benefits of yoga practice for older adults: evidence and guidelines.
Bonura KB.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2011;(21):129-42.
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The effects of an 8-week Hatha yoga intervention on executive function in older adults.
Gothe NP, Kramer AF, McAuley E.
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Sep;69(9):1109-16.
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Randomized, controlled, six-month trial of yoga in healthy seniors: effects on cognition and quality of life.
Oken BS, Zajdel D, Kishiyama S, Flegal K, Dehen C, Haas M, Kraemer DF, Lawrence J, Leyva J.
Altern Ther Health Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):40-7.
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Adherence to yoga and exercise interventions in a 6-month clinical trial.
Flegal KE, Kishiyama S, Zajdel D, Haas M, Oken BS.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2007 Nov 9;7:37.
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