What does every congressional district have in common? Baby Boomers – the sizable generation of people now in their 50s to 70s. It is well documented that the collective aging of the Boomers will have public health impacts. This includes the impacts of the aging brain. Come and learn what happens to the brain as we get older, what happens when the process goes wrong, and what we can do to strengthen the brain as we age.
Are you going to be near Gainesville, Georgia this weekend? If so, please join us Saturday morning, August 29 for our free Staying Sharp forum. It will be an exciting and informational morning that includes a panel discussion from 10 to 11 AM with Swati Gaur, MD, the medical director and owner of Senior Care Office LLC, and Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, a professor of clinical medicine at SABA University and a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives. As an added bonus, the session will be moderated by Dr. Griffith’s wife, Marcia Griffith. The panel will discuss the latest information on the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, and more. For the last thirty minutes, they will take questions from the audience.
Did you know that May 27th is National Senior Health & Fitness Day? This is the annual event’s 22nd year of encouraging older adults to keep up their mental and physical health by participating in activities throughout the day. Registered organizations all across the country are providing Senior Day events–such as fitness walks, low-impact exercises and health screenings–for the estimated 100,000 participants.
As part of Brain Awareness Week, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) co-hosted its annual Staying Sharp program with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City on Tuesday afternoon. Before diving into a panel discussion on memory, aging, and brain health, professional trainer Linda Meyer took the stage to warm up the audience—literally. Meyer used a combination of physical exercise, fun tunes, and brain teasers to warm up our minds and focus our attention. She emphasized how small changes can impact our attention and ability to engage.
To get everyone on the same page, neurologist Martin Sadowski started the panel discussion with a New York-inspired explanation of Alzheimer’s disease. Imagine New York City after a few days of heavy snow: The sanitation department has been busy plowing, so an abundance of garbage litters the sidewalk. Fortunately, the snow eventually melts, and sanitation can get back to their normal routine. Now imagine the city got rid of the sanitation department, and let heaps of trash accumulate unfettered; in a few years it would be absolutely impossible to walk down the streets or sidewalks.
Wednesday was the third day of Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. As part of the week-long celebration, the Dana Foundation joined forces with New York University and AARP to host a free Staying Sharp session and brain fair on March 13th at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. The event featured an expert panel discussion and Q&A on the aging brain, memory, and brain health issues. This particular panel consisted of three NYU clinicians from the Pearl I. Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment who work with elderly patients on health issues including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
The event started off with an eight minute workout from a certified personal fitness trainer, which helped the audience loosen up and interact. We all gave each other knowing smiles as familiar songs, such as the theme to “Rocky,” prompted us to punch the air in rhythm.
After our warm up, we settled into our seats to hear what the experts had to say about the aging brain. In a brief description of brain function, we learned that by the time you are 65, you’ve already started to experience slight brain changes. The changes, the panelist explained, could lead to mood changes, depression, and other forms of cognitive change. Below are some highlights from the session, including information about the aging brain: