Hundreds Attend Successful Aging & Your Brain Event

The Dana Alliance’s Successful Aging & Your Brain  program attracted more than 700 seniors at the Up With Aging brain health expo, organized in partnership with the Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer. The event was held at The City University of New York (CUNY) graduate center to celebrate the final day of Brain Awareness Week 2016 and learn how to improve brain health.

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B. Smith (left) and Dan Gasby (right)

Trainer Linda Meyer, Ed.D., CPT, started the program by getting the audience up and moving with a short exercise routine, including dance moves and brain teasers. Next, Dan Gasby, husband of 66-year-old model and celebrity restaurateur Barbara Smith (B. Smith), personalized the importance of brain health by speaking about his wife’s early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. “Many people decide to run away from what’s going on, we decided we’re going to run right at it; we’re going to fight it,” he said.

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Getting braiNY on the BioBus

This past Saturday a quirky, repurposed 1970’s transit bus was parked at Washington Square Park. If it weren’t for the calls of “come touch a real human brain” or “we’ve got microscopes,” I would have thought that it was Miss Frizzle and the Magic School Bus. In reality it was the BioBus. This is the third straight year the BioBus has been a part of braiNY, New York City’s collaborative celebration of Brain Awareness Week.

BioBus parked near Washington Square Park in New York City

BioBus parked near Washington Square Park in New York City

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The Suzuki Method: Exercise and the Brain

After I’ve spent the majority of the day sitting at my desk or running around for work, it can be hard to muster up the will to exercise afterwards. While this comes easier to some than others, the positive feelings that follow a challenging workout seem universal. Exploring these emotions, such as joy or exhilaration, is part of what drives Wendy Suzuki’s research as a scientist and professor of neural science and psychology at NYU.

Suzuki’s fascination with the effects of exercise on brain function led her to take her research outside of the lab: She has become a certified exercise instructor for intenSati, a combination of kickboxing, dance, yoga, and martial arts with spoken affirmations. As part of Brain Awareness Week in New York City, she combined her passions into a class titled “Exercise and the Brain:” one hour of intenSati followed by a 45-minute talk on brain function.

Photo credit: Jenna Robino

Photo credit: Jenna Robino

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Learning How to Stay Sharp at NYU

Yesterday afternoon, close to 75 active agers attended the Staying Sharp event at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, eager to learn more about cognitive health and hear tips for successful aging. We live-tweeted from the session and created a Storify post that includes photos and information about memory, such as how to recognize abnormal cognitive change.

The program was part of braiNY, New York City’s collaborative celebration of Brain Awareness Week. In addition to Staying Sharp, NYU hosted a community brain fair in the adjoining lobby from 2-5 pm.

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Two Chances to Attend Staying Sharp in New York

Do you want to learn about brain health, memory, and successful aging? You’ll have two chances at our New York Staying Sharp events presented by the Dana Foundation, AARP, New York University, and Hunter College.

Staying Sharp NYU – Wednesday, March 13
    Discussion 3-5 pm
Brain Fair 3-7 pm
NYU Langone Medical Center, Farkas Auditorium
550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016
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This March 13 Staying Sharp session will also be streaming live at www.veomed.com/nyulive, for those of you who can’t attend.

    Staying Sharp Hunter College – Friday, March 15
    Discussion 4-6 pm
Hunter College West Building, Lecture Hall 714W
68th Street & Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10065
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