On their Podcast, The COMPLETE Shift, LifeSpark digs deeper into this intriguing and inspiring topic with guest Richard Leider.
Where does purpose belong in your work? That question is meant both figuratively and literally as they explore the practice of purpose and the role it plays in reducing chronic disease and mortality as we age, but also in how health care professionals serve their clients.
There is a growing amount of evidence which proves that purpose deserves a place in health care — keep that in mind as you build new innovations, care models, and strategies, especially for the senior population. For those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, for example, ‘living a life with a sense of purpose was associated with a 19% reduced rate of clinically significant cognitive impairment,’ and ‘people who don’t have a strong life purpose are more likely to die than those who do, specifically from cardiovascular diseases.’ When it comes to boomers, as discussed in their podcast with Steve Gillon, author of Boomer Nation, they are choosing to live purposely for many of these reasons.
In this episode of The COMPLETE Shift, Lifespark’s podcast, they explore this topic in detail with Richard Leider, an expert on all things purpose. In their podcast, Joel Theisen, Lifespark CEO, asks Richard: is purpose really fundamental to health, happiness, and longevity? And does not having purpose drive health costs upward? Richard points out that the conversation on purpose isn’t all rainbows and unicorns, “Purpose is critical and, to me, a cornerstone of health.”
- Richard suggests two of his exercises, ‘Grow and Give’ and the ’2-minute practice’ that you can put into action right now for yourself and your clients.
- Recognize you don’t have to fix everything; sometimes, you just have to listen.
- Enlist the support of a purpose partner, whether that’s a colleague, family, or friend for yourself and your patients. (At Lifespark, they call them Life Managers, and they are available to seniors at no additional cost with Lifespark COMPLETE™.)
- Partner with others who have purpose intentionally built into their model.
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