Having a sense of purpose in life can slash risk of developi
Researchers reviewed evidence from eight previously published papers which included data from 62,250 older adults across three continents. They found higher purpose or meaning in life was ‘significantly associated’ with a reduced risk of dementia and cognitive impairment. Notably, having a sense of purpose was linked with a 19 per cent reduced rate of clinically significant cognitive impairment.

This means they were almost a fifth less likely to have experienced concerning declines in memory, language and thinking abilities. This level of cognitive impairment is not as serious as dementia but it increases risk of the condition. Previous evidence suggests that feeling a purpose in life may be beneficial to recovering from stress and is associated with reduced inflammation in the brain – both of which may be associated with a reduced risk of dementia.

People with a higher sense of purpose may also be more likely to engage in activities such as exercise and involve themselves socially, which may protect against dementia risk.

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10706043/Having-sense-purpose-life-slash-risk-developing-dementia-study-suggests.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
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