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December 15, 2017

Soon-to-be retirees are often asked to imagine what will get them out of bed in the morning. For Charles Pitman, 69, the answer is often an emergency signal that rousts him from his cozy slumber to rescue stranded hikers and skiers. He’s found his purpose as a search and rescue volunteer in Summit County, Colo. Research shows that having a higher purpose in life is linked to improved physical functioning in older adults. What will give your life meaning in retirement?

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