How Purposeful Aging Slows Memory Loss

I love this quote from the beloved actress Audrey Hepburn. She grew more purposeful with age, becoming a UNICEF ambassador and starting a children’s fund in her name.

We have many opportunities to create a purposeful life, following our passions and, in doing so, we are helping others. I am following my passion through 7 Memories: Partnering to Write a Memoir, teaching how to turn memories into memoirs. The Memoir Partnering Method builds strong bonds between the memoir partners. It enriches time spent together by evoking memories and creating memoirs to leave a lasting legacy for future generations. The benefits to each partner are invaluable. #7Memories4Ever

Now research indicates that leading a purposeful life–especially as we age–has measurable health benefits. It can reduce the rate of cognitive decline and may help folks remain free of Alzheimer’s disease.

Below is an excerpt from “The Power of Purposeful Aging” by the Milken Institute on the Future of Aging.

“Scientists have discovered that purposeful activity not only can slow cognitive decline, but also may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and buffer its effects on the brain. These findings emerged when Patricia Boyle and her colleagues at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center interviewed older adults about purpose in their lives, conducted cognitive testing and neurological exams, and examined brains postmortem for evidence of Alzheimer’s. They found that higher levels of purpose reduced harmful cognitive effects and slowed the rate of decline by about 30 percent, even when the brain already exhibited the disease’s damaging plaques and tangles.

“A separate longitudinal study spearheaded by Boyle found that people who reported having greater purpose in life were 42. times more likely to remain free of Alzheimer’s than those with lower self-reported purpose scores.”

Find your passion and your purpose. Help others and reap the health benefits.



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