Jul 11, 2022
With Dr. Victor Strecher, Public Health Professor at the University of Michigan and Founder of Kumanu
Did you know that active individuals whose lives are filled with purpose, may have a reduced risk of developing mild cognitive impairment or dementia? It is estimated that by 2050, people over the age of 65 will comprise roughly 16% of the world's population, and it’s also expected the rate of Alzheimer's and other dementia diagnoses will triple from the current rate of 57 million to 152 million.
Keeping our minds active and engaged is important, but how we build a healthy lifestyle is key through diet, exercise, and meaningful activities. Whether it’s volunteering, socializing, or spending time in nature, living with purpose and intention can slow the rate of cognitive decline and lessen the risk of depression, leading to an overall better quality of life.
Last year, Florine interviewed Dr. Vic Strecher, a University of Michigan Professor and the founder of the digital platform, Kumanu. In addition to educating us on what a purpose-filled life looks like, Vic also talked about how Kumanu helps people find their purpose, and how to live with purpose even if they are facing hardship. This conversation is more relevant today than ever, as so many events in the news can distract us from living in our true purpose.
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Studies have shown that people with a purpose lead longer, happier lives. Living your life with purpose isn’t just about being more productive with your day; it’s critical to your health, happiness, and overall well-being. Once you identify your purpose, it’s important to align your actions each day with that mission. It gives you a reason to get up in the morning and sets the tone for your entire day. Is your life lacking purpose right now? If you answered yes to that question, I urge you to find something you're passionate about that gives your life meaning. It could be something big or even very small. What excites you? What makes you happy? Think of how you could make that your purpose. The search for a meaningful life begins with YOU. Only we can determine the direction of our lives and choose what we do with the opportunities we are given. Remember that every day is a gift. When we begin our day with a specific purpose and accomplish what we set out to do we’re not only achieving more, we feel better about it. For years I felt like a failure because I couldn’t lose weight, but once I took charge, went to Weight Watchers, and learned how to develop habits, my purpose changed. My purpose is now to enjoy life, live healthy, and tell the people around me that I love them. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
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