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What Do We Know About Diet and the Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease?

Many studies suggest that our diet may affect the aging brain’s ability to think and remember. These findings have led to research on general eating patterns and whether they might make a difference.  One diet that shows promising evidence of health benefits is the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish,Continue reading “What Do We Know About Diet and the Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease?”

¿Sabías que dormir es bueno para tu cerebro?

¿Sabían que mientras están dormidos su cerebro todavía está trabajando duro? La falta de sueno perjudica su habilidad de razonar, resolver problemas, y enfocarse en los detalles. Estudios muestran que el sueno ayuda a restaurar el cerebro por eliminando las toxinas como el beta-amiloide de el cerebro. El beta-amiloide es un marcador primario de laContinue reading “¿Sabías que dormir es bueno para tu cerebro?”

Did You Know that Sleep is Good for Your Brain?

Did you know that while you are asleep your brain is still hard at work? Lack of sleep impairs your ability to reason, solve problems, and focus on details. Studies show that sleep helps restore the brain by removing toxins like beta-amyloid from the brain. Beta-amyloid is a primary marker of Alzheimer’s disease. Keep readingContinue reading “Did You Know that Sleep is Good for Your Brain?”

The National Association of Area Agencies (n4a) Releases Dementia and Brain Health Report

Learn how #AreaAgenciesonAging are addressing the needs of people living with dementia in our newest report, Dementia and Brain Health: The Role of Area Agencies on Aging.…/N4A_Dementia%20Report%2010-25-19(3).p…

How a Positive State of Mind Can Lead to a Healthier You

“Happiness is the highest form of health.” – Dalai Lama What is Happiness? What is happiness? Happy, being in a state of happiness means different things to different people. If asked, some would say that happiness is associated with satisfaction in one’s self, while others might say that happiness is one’s appreciation of life. WhileContinue reading “How a Positive State of Mind Can Lead to a Healthier You”

The 10 Benefits of Exercise

You are never too old to start exercising. Research shows that even people who start exercising in their 80’s and 90’s experience health benefits. A study published by the International Journal of Stroke found that people between the ages of 40 to 59 – who started a fitness routine – cut their risk of aContinue reading “The 10 Benefits of Exercise”

Exercise: Beneficial to your Brain, Body and Spirit

If you want to look and feel younger as well as improve your overall health, then the answer is likely exercise and physical activity. While exercise refers to actions such as brisk walking or yoga, physical activity also includes gardening, walking around your favorite store, or any movement outside of sitting down. According to theContinue reading “Exercise: Beneficial to your Brain, Body and Spirit”

Arts Camp for Brain Health

Chicago’s leading hospitals and not-for-profit arts organizations are joining together to activate artists as healers, creating a day of arts programming for those with early-stage memory loss, diminished cognitive and neuro-motor function, and those who care for them.  Attached and below is information about upcoming Arts Camp for Brain Health programs at various locations acrossContinue reading “Arts Camp for Brain Health”


Talking about brain health does not have to be scary. If you’ve been noticing changes in an adult in your life, it may be time to talk about brain health. Download the #TalkBrainHealth tool kit for an easy-to-follow guide for you and others who help you to provide care. The toolkit was developed by theContinue reading “#TalkBrainHealth”

Laugh Lines: Storytelling Event & Workshop

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) launched the What is Brain Health? campaign in 2015 to introduce the concept of brain health as a key component of overall health and to normalize it as a topic for discussion. Laugh Lines: Storytelling Event & Workshop To bring thisContinue reading “Laugh Lines: Storytelling Event & Workshop”