Scientists now believe that the brain changes seen in Alzheimer’s and dementia may begin many years before symptoms appear, so it is more important than ever that we treat our brains as vital organs and pay attention to our brain health. That’s why we have launched a Brain Health Partnership to promote brain health.
A New National Goal
Brain Health Partnership
The risk and indications of Alzheimer’s can be recognized as much as 20 years before apparent symptoms. This is a window of opportunity to delay onset, improve overall health, lower costs, and increase clinical trial participation.
Together with our partners, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s is seizing this window of opportunity to address these challenges and transform the broader landscape for brain health. We are advancing a comprehensive strategy to ensure brain health is included as an integral element of overall good health and cognitive decline is identified and addressed early.
To learn more about this work, download the full prospectus here.
Our goal is to improve health outcomes for people living with or at risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. To accomplish this, our strategy will work to make a “check-up from the neck up” a routine aspect of clinical care, encourage people to make lifestyle choices that reduce their risk, accelerate the widespread availability of treatments and medicines, and reduce health care costs.
Together with our partners we are building a culture of brain health and a better healthcare ecosystem. We are working to help build the prevention and care system we need, a future where:
- Families and Communities understand the importance of their brain health and view the brain as a vital organ— monitoring cognitive well-being, raising the topic of brain health with their loved ones and care providers, taking control of their own brain health and seeking out clinical research opportunities.
- Providers, Payers and Health Systems address brain health, early identification of cognitive impairment, and proactive, collaborative care by discussing changes in cognition with patients, tracking cognitive baselines, and guiding patients to appropriate assessments, diagnosis, referrals, and services. Systems support this by optimizing workflow and leveraging big data and analytics for better decision-making.
- Policymakers recognize the opportunity to maximize individual health outcomes, reduce total costs and minimize disruptions to the economy, as well as drive public health by advancing policies to support early and accurate detection and diagnosis, quality care, and aggressive research.
Visit the Resources page and read the latest from UsAgainstAlzheimer's on Brain Health.
Join the Campaign
One of the first major efforts of our Brain Health Partnership is our Campaign for Women’s Brain Health: a collaborative effort to empower women to drive fundamental change in the way we care for our brains.
Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women, and more than 60 percent of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers are women. Our survey of more than 1,500 women found that 89% believe taking care of brain health is as important as other parts of the body, and 89% also believe that it’s something we should be talking about more. Yet few women act on brain health, and many are unsure what to do.
Join our Campaign and learn more about what it means to #BeBrainPowerful
|Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, FAMWA
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
Gretchen Alkema, PhD
Vice President of Policy and Communications. SCAN Foundation
Senior Advisor, Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
Rhoda Au, PhD
Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology
Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Senior Director, Health Policy, National Consumers League
Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD
Founder and Chief Director, Center for Brain Health at The University of Texas at Dallas
Malaz Boustani, MD
Richard Fairbanks Professor of Aging Research, Indiana University School of Medicine
Bruce Chernof, MD, FACP
President and CEO, SCAN Foundation
Lindsay Chura, PhD
Senior Policy Advisor and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), AARP
Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD
Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Neurodegeneration and Translational Science
Visiting Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Partner, Consonance Capital Partners/(Previously) White House Office of Health Reform
Jo Ann Jenkins
Senior Director, Global Marketing, Neurology Business Group, Eisai
Corinna E. Lathan, PhD
Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair, AnthroTronix, Inc.
Sarah Lenz Lock, JD
Senior Vice President for Policy, AARP;
Executive Director, Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH)
Natalia Loskutova, MD, PhD
Senior Scientist and Director of Evaluation, National Research Network, American Academy of Family Physicians
Vice President, US Alzheimer’s Franchise, Biogen
William Mansbach, PhD
Founder and CEO, Mansbach Health Tools LLC
Katie Maslow, MSW
Visiting Scholar, Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Lisa McGuire, PhD
Lead, Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Thomas J. McInerney
President and CEO, Genworth Financial, Inc.
Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Senior Vice President Medicaid & Complex Care at Centene Corporation Kevin Donnellan
Chief of Staff, AARP
Linda Elam, PhD, MPH
Plan President, Amerigroup/D.C. Medicaid
Howard Fillit, MD
Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer, Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF)
Lori Frank, PhD
Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation
Jill Goldstein, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry and Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Executive Director, Women, Heart, and Brain Global Initiative
Philip B. Gorelick, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor of Neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Founder and President Aspen Brain Institute
Henry Harbin, MD
Adviser/Board member, Brain Futures Inc.; Former CEO Magellan Health Services
Katherine Hayes, JD
Director of Health Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
Director, Global Patient Advocacy, Biogen
Former Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Women’s Health (OWH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Richard S. Isaacson, MD
Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, Weill Cornell Memory Disorders Program
Dean Ornish, MD Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
Cheryl Phillips, MD, AGSF
President and CEO, SNP Alliance
Kathleen Sebelius, MPA
CEO, Sebelius Resources LLC;
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Obama
Nora Super, MPA
Senior Director, Center for the Future of Aging, Milken Institute
Pierre N. Tariot, MD
Director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Research Professor of Psychiatry University of Arizona College of Medicine
Jürgen Unützer, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; Founder, AIMS Center, University of Washington
Anne Tumlinson Innovations
Charlotte Yeh, MD
Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc.
What is Brain Health?
Brain health is about making the most of your brain and helping reduce risks to it as you age. Evidence is strong that people can reduce risks to it as you age. Evidence is strong that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes, including participation in regular physical activity, staying socially engaged, and maintaining good heart health.
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