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MetLife Mature Market Institute: Meaning, Purpose and Cognitive Health for a Lifelong Good Life

Increased longevi­ty has gen­er­at­ed many ques­tions and much inter­est in healthy aging and retire­ment lifestyles over the recent decades. As Amer­i­cans become edu­cat­ed regard­ing lifestyle choic­es that con­tribute to both phys­i­cal and men­tal health, the def­i­n­i­tion of healthy aging has expand­ed to include brain health.

The notion of retire­ment as a time of with­draw­al from soci­ety, to be spent on rest and repose reflect­ed the think­ing of a pre­vi­ous era when peo­ple expect­ed short­er life spans. It is now known that the human brain ben­e­fits from envi­ron­ments rich in nov­el and com­plex stim­uli, and that by active­ly par­tic­i­pat­ing in soci­ety and tak­ing on per­son­al­ly rel­e­vant roles, peo­ple find mean­ing and pur­pose, which gives them a rea­son to get up in the morn­ing and pur­sue new chal­lenges.

This year, the MetLife Mature Mar­ket Insti­tute pub­lished a research study titled Dis­cov­er­ing What Mat­ters: Bal­anc­ing Mon­ey, Med­i­cine and Mean­ing. The study explored how peo­ple rebal­ance their pri­or­i­ties over time and jug­gle var­i­ous com­pet­ing aspects of life includ­ing mon­ey, med­i­cine (a metaphor for health) and mean­ing, in order to live the Good Life.  Hav­ing pur­pose was found to Read the rest of this entry »

MetLife Mature Market Institute: Balancing Money, Medicine and Meaning

Just a quick heads up: the MetLife Mature Mar­ket Insti­tute has pub­lished a new report: titled Dis­cov­er­ing What Mat­ters: Bal­anc­ing Mon­ey, Med­i­cine and Mean­ing.

Descrip­tion: “The adage that mon­ey can’t buy hap­pi­ness is sup­port­ed ana­lyt­i­cal­ly by new research demon­strat­ing the impor­tance of hav­ing pur­pose in one’s life and that the most con­tent peo­ple focus on the non-finan­cial essen­tials in their lives, even dur­ing dif­fi­cult eco­nom­ic times.  Liv­ing the “good life” for mid­dle-aged and old­er Amer­i­cans is equat­ed with spend­ing time with fam­i­ly and friends, a pre­vi­ous­ly unquan­ti­fied find­ing, accord­ing to the MetLife Mature Mar­ket Institute’s lat­est study, Dis­cov­er­ing What Mat­ters: Bal­anc­ing Mon­ey, Med­i­cine and Mean­ing, pro­duced in con­junc­tion with lead­ing author, life coach, and exec­u­tive edu­ca­tor, Richard Lei­der.  They describe the good life in terms of hav­ing health, a finan­cial safe­ty net and the time to do what is impor­tant to them.”

Report is avail­able Here (PDF, 69 kb).

Will com­ment in a few days, when I get the chance to take a look at it. Have a nice week­end!

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