In the News
In Her Own Words: Calling the Birds Home
Cheryle St. Onge’s photographs won the annual Bob and Diane Fund award—a grant that increases the understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Ageism: The Brain Strikes Back!
By Tanya T. Nguyen, Ph.D., and Dilip V. Jeste, M.D.
Does the brain improve with age? Our authors, who study successful aging and mental illnesses, address this often debated, complicated question that many of us have long wondered about.
Worrying and the Aging Brain
Using a machine learning model, researchers describe how excessive worrying can accelerate brain aging and cognitive decline.
Podcast with Gina Martin of the Bob and Diane Fund
Gina Martin is the founder and director of The Bob and Diane Fund, which gives an annual grant to a photographer whose work captures the essence of someone who has Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
Eye of the Needle
A retired patient visits our author for help with his failing vision and learns why but a single treatment option exists for macular degeneration, a condition that affects 200 million people worldwide.
Hear and Now
By Frank R. Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
What we’ve learned and what we still need to know about the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults.
Keeping Fit During Covid-19
How can we stay physically active through this time of isolation? We talk with Dana Alliance member Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., whose work investigates how aerobic exercise can improve learning, memory, and higher cognitive abilities
Finding New Ways to Connect in a Crisis
While many of us are sheltering in place, maintaining mood and friendships is more important than ever. We talk with Dana Alliance member Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., on how best to cope during forced isolation.
Don’t Panic: How Stressful Situations Affect the Brain - Q&A with Eric J. Nestler, M.D., Ph.D.
Want to Boost Your Immune System? Sleep Better
We talk with Dana Alliance member Robert W. Greene, M.D., Ph.D., about how sleep can help us fight off viruses and other infections and how to get a better night’s rest.
Under Pressure: The Link Between Hypertension and Brain Health
Enhancing the Signal: Can Electrostimulation Help with Cognitive Decline?
Very early tests of surface-level stimulation suggest it may work, at least in the short term.
Dana News Story
Defending the Aging Brain
“The brain doesn’t want to be demented,” researcher David Bennett says, “and it has means to protect itself.” He and other scientists are starting to find clues to genetic factors in the biology of resilience.
The Four Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention
by Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. and George Perry, Ph.D.
While researchers continue to search for therapies, the authors believe that changing or modifying one’s lifestyle and attitude can make a difference in both prevention and treatment.
Moving Toward a Healthy Brain
It’s no secret that exercise and physical activity are central to public health. But does a healthy body equal a healthy brain?
What To Do (and Stop Doing) to Improve Your Brain Health
Successful Aging & Your Brain is now a podcast! We talk with neurologist Matthew Fink about actions we can all take to slash our risk of heart disease, stroke, and dementia. One hint: Sleep is a big deal.
National Institute of Aging
Learn the latest on how exercise and physical activity can help you stay healthy as you age. Find tips on how to fit exercise into your daily life safely and get motivated to get moving! Part of the National Institutes of Health
Successful Aging Puzzle Pack
Puzzles based on the Successful Aging booklet. *Don’t forget to download the answer key, too!
Puzzle Packet Answer Key
Answers to the puzzles based on the Successful Aging & Your Brain booklet.
Multiple Languages Available
Find Dana resources in Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Italian.
Global Council on Brain Health
The GCBH is an independent collaborative from AARP, created to provide trusted information on how you can maintain and improve your brain health. Its clear and dependable guidance is based on the foremost thinking from scientists, doctors, scholars and policy experts around the world. GCBH members debate the latest in brain health science to reach consensus on what works and what doesn’t. Our overriding goal is to help people apply the latest scientific insights to boost their cognitive health and live their best lives.
Brain Health Videos
How Stroke Affects the Brain
Strokes, sometimes called “brain attacks,” are medical emergencies that cause injury to the brain. Learn how to spot warning signs and what steps you can take to prevent stroke.
How Hearing Works
What do you hear? How do you hear? A complex process turns sounds around us into signals that the brain interprets.
Left Brain vs. Right Brain
There’s a common myth that people’s personalities are tied to a dominant side of their brain. But the truth is not that simple.
The Healthy Skeptic: Brain Training Games
Can brain-training games help your brain stay sharp? Many people use them in hopes of improving memory and warding off dementia, but the claims for these programs often outruns the science.
How to Maintain Eye Health
We rely on our eyes to navigate the world around us. Learn how they work, how our vision can change as we age, and how we can help keep our eyes healthy.
How Sleep Affects Your Brain
The better you sleep at night, the better your brain will function, and the better you’ll feel. Learn about what goes on in the brain while you rest, the effects of sleep deprivation, and how to get a good night’s sleep.
How Stress Affects the Brain
Stress is a normal part of life, but when it becomes long-term or overwhelming, it can be harmful. Learn what happens in your brain when you’re stressed, how stress can negatively affect your body, and what practices you can ad
How Exercise Affects the Brain
Exercise is good for your overall health—including your brain! Learn about its brain-health benefits and get tips for your own exercise routine. One of our videos in partnership with Everwell.
Managing Your Screen Time
Digital technology has transformed our lives, but all the time we spend on our computers, smartphones, and tablets could be affecting our brains. Just as you manage your money or diet, it’s important to manage screen time
How Psychotherapy Affects the Brain
Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy,” can help people identify and change harmful thinking and behaviors, and it can produce changes in the brain. One of our videos in partnership with Everwell.
How Addiction Affects the Brain
Addiction is not due to weakness or a lack of willpower. Instead, it’s a chronic disease involving changes in the brain. Watch to learn more. One of our videos in partnership with Everwell.
How to Protect Your Brain from Physical Injury
Your brain is integral to everything you do so protecting it is crucial. Watch to learn some tips to avoid brain injury. One of our videos in partnership with Everwell.
How to Keep Your Brain Sharp As You Age
Worried about staying mentally sharp as you age? Listen to the good news about what we can all do to live a brain healthy lifestyle! One of our videos in partnership with Everwell.
The Healthy Skeptic: Dietary Supplements
The Healthy Skeptic investigates the claim that dietary supplements can improve your memory. Our first video in partnership with Everwell.
Successful Aging & Your Brain PSA
What are the factors in brain health? This short video explains
El Envejecimiento Provechoso y el Cerebro
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