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Cognitive health—the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember—is an important component of brain health. Learn how your brain changes as you age and what you can do to keep your cognitive function at its best. Find out how to participate in research, and discover resources about memory, health conditions that affect the brain, lifestyle factors, and more.

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Cognitive Health and Older Adults

Curious about your cognitive health? See what steps you can take to help care for your brain, including physical and mental health.
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Risks to Cognitive Health

Did you know that stroke and other health problems can harm cognitive functions? So can certain medicines. Find out more about risks to thinking well.
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How the Aging Brain Affects Thinking

As people age, the brain naturally changes, affecting memory, learning, and other cognitive functions. Get information about these changes and what they mean.
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Cognitive Health Resources

Find resources from NIA and others to help family and friends learn more about cognitive health. Topics include dementia, exercise, and nutrition.
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Brain Health Resource

Use this toolkit at senior centers and other community settings to educate older adults about factors that impact brain health and how to keep their brains healthy.
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