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Healthy Brain Initiative by CDC and Alzheimer’s Association

The CDC has reported a joint initiative with the Alzheimer’s Association to create the Healthy Brain Initiative: A National Public Health Roadmap for Cognitive Health. Some quotes from their announcement:

  • “In order to maintain and improve the cognitive performance of all adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alzheimer’s Association today released the first-ever National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health (Road Map) at the 2nd Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia in Washington, DC.”
  • “The Road Map highlights the importance of maintaining and improving cognitive health to the overall health of the nation. The Road Map is both a call to action and a guide for implementing a coordinated approach to raising the public’s awareness about cognitive health and increasing the nation’s commitment to understanding both the risks for cognitive decline and ways of maintaining brain health.”
  • “Efforts to maintain and improve public health have focused mostly
    ‘below the neck,’ addressing diseases and conditions affecting the heart
    and other bodily organs,” said Harry Johns, Alzheimer’s Association
    President and CEO. “The National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining
    Cognitive Health shifts the focus ‘above the neck’ to draw attention to
    maintaining the health of our brains, which arguably is the most important
    organ in our bodies.”

We hope the message gets well-heard!

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