Science is making us live longer. Living a longer life leads to cognitive dementia. The population is aging – which is bringing on cognitive dementia like never before. This is giving brain research a lot of energy. Read on to find out more about an intriguing study. The study explores how a purpose in life could affect cognitive dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

There is more and more research on Alzheimer’s disease. They are getting closer to determining the causes, risk factors and prevention. That is great news. Especially for those of us who are at a stage where we can reverse or prevent the onset of cognitive dementia. Cognitive dementia is the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.

A recent study looked at the senses of happiness, purpose, and well being. These are positive aspects of life. They wanted to know if they would affect cognitive dementia. Specifically, they wanted to know if they would decrease the risk

The study is the Rush Memory and Aging Project. They used 951 people without dementia. They were asked questions about their sense of purpose, well being and happiness. They followed up for about four years. They found that:

– People less likely to develop cognitive dementia were more positive about their lives.
– People who had more purposeful lives were less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment. They also had a slower rate of decline.

Why there seems to be a cause and effect is debatable. More research is needed. They need to find the biological basis.

Depression is linked with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Study after study has shown this link. Some believe purpose in life is associated with depression. A lower score in purpose of life may also be a higher score in the depression category.