Higher purpose in life tied to better brain health

April 7, 2015 9:17 PM

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"We and others have shown that purpose in life is protective against multiple adverse health outcomes in older age," said lead study author Lei Yu, an assistant professor of neurological sciences at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Importantly, purpose in life may be improved through changes in behaviors or participation in activities like volunteerism, among other things, Yu told Reuter's Health in an email.

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