Successful Aging & Your Brain at NYU

The Dana Foundation’s Successful Aging & Your Brain (formerly “Staying Sharp”) initiative partnered with New York University to host a Community Brain Fair yesterday as part of Brain Awareness Week (BAW).  This week highlights the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research through programs and events happening all over the world. The free panel discussion and brain fair, held at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, included exhibits for kids and information on how the brain works.

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The expert panelists and moderator for the discussion and Q&A were from the NYU Center for Cognitive Neurology, and talked about memory, brain health issues, and healthy brain aging. They advised people to “remain engaged in life,” by suggesting we keep learning movements, expose our brains to new information, and listen to music.

Audience members were treated to the sounds of “The Unforgettables,” a chorus group comprised of people in early stages of dementia and their caregivers. Some of the songs performed were “Fly Me to the Moon,” by Frank Sinatra, “That’s Amore,” by Dean Martin, and “Unforgettable,” by Nat King Cole. Merlin, a 94-year-old member of the group, sang a solo with the help his wife, who is also his caretaker.  Members of this chorus have performed in 19 concerts and have a repertoire of 250 songs so far, including new music they’ve had to learn.

For more BAW events in New York, please visit our Calendar of Events. For BAW pictures on Instagram, check the hashtags for #brainweek, #danafoundation, and #brainawarenessweek. Also be sure to “Like” the Dana Foundation BAW Facebook page.

You can also read the Successful Aging & Your Brain booklet online.

– Blayne Jeffries

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