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Brain Health Resource

Brain health as you age: you can make a difference! with brain image

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning at their best.

All materials were designed and reviewed in 2014 by scientists and educators at three HHS agencies with expertise in health and aging: the Administration for Community Living (ACL); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). At NIH, in addition to NIA, several Institutes contributed to the Brain Health Resource, including NIAAA, NHLBI, NIMH, NIDDK, and NINDS.

More information:

The Brain Health Resource has five components:

PowerPoint Presentation

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Download PowerPoint presentation (PPTX, 1.8M)
Download Spanish PowerPoint presentation (PPTX, 1.8MB)

This PowerPoint presentation will help older adults and their caregivers learn how to reduce risks that may be related to brain health. This presentation, recommended as a 60-minute event, covers:

  • Aging and health
  • Good health and the normal aging brain
  • Threats to brain health
  • Healthy aging for your body and brain

Educator Guide

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Educator Guide (PDF, 1.6M)

The accompanying Educator Guide provides additional information for presenters to share with audiences.

Presentation Handouts

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A one-page handout (PDF, 480K) for older adults and caregivers called “Brain Health as You Age: You Can Make a Difference!” Also available: Spanish handout (PDF, 313K).

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A supplementary resource list (PDF, 379K), “Brain Health as You Age: Key Facts and Resources,” which includes basic information and resources for the topics covered in the presentation.

Medicine, Age, and Your Brain

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The PowerPoint presentation (PPT, 581K) helps people learn about the impact some medicines can have on an older person's brain and the importance of talking with a doctor about this topic.

The Educator Brochure (PDF, 838K) offers additional information for presenters to share with audiences.

A one-page handout (PDF, 574K) for the audience covers some medicines' potential impact on brain health.