Purpose is a Robust Predictor of Health and Wellness

A growing trend amongst us boomers is that we have been steering clear from the word “retirement.” Personally, watching the decline in my parent’s when they “retired” is why I’ve been planning on working, in some form, as long as I’m able to contribute.

I recently stumbled on an article from The New York Times called “Living with Purpose” that reports:

So not only is my wish to have meaning and purpose in my life and contribute back to my community, but that need is also a factor to help keep me healthy.

While my journey as a caregiver has been long and impacted my life, it’s also fueled in me what I believe to be my purpose in life. Driven. 

Are Brain Game Claims Scientifically Proven?

brainimageWe have seen the commercials and wondered if the advertising claims were real. Turns out that scientists have put out a joint consensus stating the limited value of these brain games. The statement, spearheaded by the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, formalizes concerns raised consistently over the years within the brain health community regarding the scientific validity of the claims made on behalf of the commercially available digital brain games. To learn more about this, visit Total Brain Health’s report: Show Me the Science: Leading Researchers Question Real Value of “Brain Games”

There are many studies that link dementia to lifestyle choices but I can’t ignore that the Alzheimer’s Association reports that age, family history, and heredity are the largest risk factors. I still believe what Dr. Oz and Dr. Green told me when I appeared on the Dr. Oz show and take Fish Oil supplements.

The snake oil salesman live on … whether it’s “hope in a jar” with a age-defying face cream, fish oil, or a “brain training” … the advertising claims appeal to our desire to live well. Let the buyer beware. Warned. 

What are you going to be doing in your 60s and 70s?

questionsignUSA Today just reported that life expectancy in the U.S. hits record high. Ladies who are 65 are expected to live to 81 and the gentlemen to 76 years. What are you going to do with your time?

I’m obsessed with ensuring that I continue to exercise, contribute to my community in meaningful ways and stay engaged socially. Many studies report that these are the three most important elements to aging well. The tough part is making sure that I have the wealth and health to afford these luxuries.

Have you begun to envision your future? A great book I recently found is Roadmap for the Rest of Your Life: Smart Choices About Money, Health, Work, Lifestyle … and Pursuing Your Dreams. There are many life stories interspersed and you quickly understand how many people find that the typical american dream of retirement doesn’t suit their abilities or their interests.

The time to start planning is best done in your 40s and 50s … when it feels far away. I hope you will hit your local library and check it out. Recommended.