Cognitive health is the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember. Learn how your brain changes as you age and what you can do to keep your cognitive function at its best.
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What can you do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Read the latest evidence for promising prevention strategies, including physical activity, blood pressure control, and cognitive training.
Curious about your cognitive health? See what steps you can take to help care for your brain, including physical and mental 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.
As you age, you may wonder what is and is not normal memory loss. Learn the signs of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia—and when to see the doctor.
As people age, the brain naturally changes, affecting memory, learning, and other cognitive functions. Get information about these changes and what they mean.
NIH research shows how the brain changes with age and disease, and how best to reduce risks that may lead to cognitive impairment. Learn how you can help.
Find resources from NIA and others to help family and friends learn more about cognitive health. Topics include dementia, exercise, and nutrition.
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.