Want to stay strong as you age? Find a purpose.

After making it through the maelstrom of middle age, many adults find themselves approaching older age wondering, «What will give purpose to my life» now that the kids have flown the nest and retirement is in the cards?

How they answer can have significant implications for their health.

Over the past two decades, dozens of studies have shown that seniors with a sense of purpose in life are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, disabilities, heart attacks or strokes, and more likely to live longer than people without this kind of underlying motivation.

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