Oct 19, 2010


"People with a strong purpose in life are 2 1/2 times more likely to ward off Alzheimer's disease," The Doctors Will See You Now, Prevention magazine, Nov. 2010.

This article also says that when a person has a strong purpose in life he/she is less likely to be depressed. The authors suggest that a person answer quickly the question: "If I could change one thing about the world, what would it be?"

Although those of us who are providing care are not in the business of preventing a disease which has already gotten a foothold, perhaps the above thoughts still apply. How can we and the person to whom we provide care both find a strong purpose in life? And, it seems to me, that it is important that this purpose be about something other than the daily obligations brought about by disease we face.

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