Age-related changes in the brain can have significant impact on individuals, society

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

As they get older, individuals of all ages should take the following three steps to help promote cognitive health: Be physically active. To provide necessary assistance and support to older adults, the committee called for the development of cognitive aging information resources and tools that can help individuals and families. Programs and services used by older adults, including those in financial institutions and departments of motor vehicles, should be improved to help them avoid exploitation, optimize independence, and make sound decisions. By calling attention to this issue, we can learn more about the risk and protective factors and needed research so older adults can better maintain their cognitive health to the fullest extent possible. (vice chair) Scola Endowed Chair, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology University of California San Francisco Marilyn Albert, Ph.D. Director, Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, and Professor of Neurology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D. Leonard M. Miller Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Scientific Director, Center on Aging University of Miami Miami Donna Fick, R.N., Ph.D., FGSA, FAAN Distinguished Professor of Nursing, and Co-Director Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Pennsylvania State University University Park Lisa Gwyther, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

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