This cohort study assesses whether an association exists between life purpose and all-cause or cause-specific mortality among adults older than 50 years of age who participated in the US Health and Retirement Study.
Importance A growing body of literature suggests that having a strong sense of purpose in life leads to improvements in both physical and mental health and enhances overall quality of life. There are interventions available to influence life purpose; thus, understanding the association of life purpose with mortality is critical.
Objective To evaluate whether an association exists between life purpose and all-cause or cause-specific mortality among older adults in the United States.
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