Living a Purposeful Life Can Stave Off Alzheimer's

The findings may have important public health implications, the researchers added, as they potentially provide a new treatment target for interventions aimed at enhancing health and well-being in older adults.

"Purpose in life is a potentially modifiable factor that may be increased via specific behavioral strategies that can help older persons identify personally meaningful activities and engage in goal-directed behaviors," they wrote.

"Even small behavioral modifications ultimately may translate into an increased sense of intentionality, usefulness, and relevance."

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