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Why is a sense of purpose so important to the elderly?

By | October 21st, 2020

There needs to be a point to your life, so this ties into brain health and longevity. If you have a reason to get up in the morning, which is to help take care of the family, interact with the grandkids, to see your friends at a care home, to work in your garden or play music, whatever your passion is, no matter how old you get, that seems to be an important factor.

There’s something termed psychogenic death and this is the idea that if I start to give up on life and there’s no reason for me to be here, there does seem to be a process of actually moving towards death. They’ve studied this. There’s five stages. It’s a phenomenon where you’ve kind of just given up on life, psychologically or emotionally. If you do that psychologically, emotionally or spiritually, then the body seems to follow suit. It’s sort of a placebo effect of giving up on life: death.

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