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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention with Purposeful Life

March 19, 2010
It has been suggested that keeping the mind active might have some benefit in preventing or at least slowing down the development of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. At first thought, it would make sense. If you exercise your muscle, you'll keep it fit. Exercising the brain by engaging in meaningful activities might keep the brain in top shape.

A recently published study looked to see if that might be the case. The researchers compiled data from 951 people not suffering from dementia and followed them for an average of 4 years up to a maximum of 7 years. During this time, 155 out of the 951 people developed Alzheimer's disease.

A person with a higher purpose in life score (4.2) was 2.4 times less likely to remain free from Alzheimer's disease compared with a person with a lower score (3.0).

Keep in mind though that this study is far from conclusive. The study questions could also signal depression, a known risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease. A person suffering from depression may feel that he or she doesn't have a purposeful life.

Bottom Line: Keep busy doing "purposeful" activities to cut the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease!

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