Roadmap to Maintaining a Healthy Brain

In Fall 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association formed a new partnership to examine how best to bring a public health perspective to the promotion of cognitive health. To assist with this Healthy Brain Initiative, the Partners worked closely with the National Institute on Aging and the Administration on Aging to convene a multidisciplinary Steering Committee and an even wider array of invited experts from concerned public and private sector organizations.

Together we examined the current state of knowledge regarding the promotion and protection of cognitive health, identified important knowledge gaps, and defined the unique role and contributions of public health. We focused on vascular risk factors and physical activity because of their association with cognitive outcomes, adopted a strategic framework, and embarked on an intensive process to generate the actions offered in this National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health.

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