A sense of purpose and meaning is fundamental to our health and well-being. Interestingly, it appears that it doesn’t really matter what your life purpose is, as long as you have one. For example, someone’s life purpose might be to help a charitable organization or to be a loving and supportive person for their loved ones. For another, it might be to travel or to build custom furniture. The idea is that the life purpose should reflect personal vision, values, beliefs, and goals.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and related dementias affect millions around the globe, and AD accounts for 60 to 70% of all dementias, making it the most common form of dementia. World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and promoting early diagnosis.
Each year, many of us make resolutions to become a better version of ourselves in the new year. Many times, these new year’s resolutions focus on the negative — our worst qualities that we want to change, our bad habits we want to break, or our biggest mistakes we hope to rectify. If your past year had major losses, challenges, or setbacks, you may long for “the good old days” or how things once were, idealizing the past and longing for something that is gone. This is very easy to do when thinking about our pre-pandemic lives and the ways things are now, and certainly, many have experienced the loss of family or friends, jobs, and more.