Ronald Lazar, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) explains the rational for using the McCance Brain Care Score (BCS) in the Brain Health Advocacy Mission (BHAM) settings as a metric for risk factors and lifestyles that impact risk for cognitive decline and stroke.
Along with the joy and love the holiday season brings, it can also increase our stress levels at times. Whether you’re caught in long checkout lines or stuck in traffic, taking a moment to decompress and practice mindfulness and can help reduce the stress of the season and even benefit your brain health and overall wellness.
This September marks 30 years of celebrating Healthy Aging Month – the national observance focused on the positive aspects of growing older and encouraging everyone to take personal responsibility for their health. While you can’t control your genetics, research shows there are several steps you can take to maintain your health and quality of life as you age and live as independently as possible.
With the growing hope and expectation that it’s possible to maintain cognitive health later in life, allowing people to age independently and enjoy the benefits of a fuller life, Angelika Schlanger, PhD, Executive Director of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation and Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, a McKnight Brain Research Foundation Trustee and Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Jacobs School at the University at Buffalo were recently featured on the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Momentum Discussions podcast.
ew research led by neuroscientists in The University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions found seniors age 85-99 who regularly do both aerobic and strength-training exercises scored higher on cognitive tests than those who are sedentary or limit their exercise to only cardio.
The McKnight Brain Research Foundation recently elected Dr. Roy H. Hamilton, a Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Hamilton serves as Director of the Penn Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation and Director of the Penn Brain Science, Translation, Innovation and Modulation Center.
The McKnight Brain Research Foundation recently elected Dr. Sharon A. Brangman, a leader in the field of geriatrics, to its Board of Trustees. Dr. Brangman serves as Chair of the Department of Geriatrics and Director of the Center for Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease, and is a Distinguished Service Professor at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.
Ronald Lazar, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Pamela Bowen, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC, BBA, Associate Professor, UAB recently received funding for a new pilot project aiming to demonstrate that exercise directly impacts cardiorespiratory fitness and has a broader effect across other risk factors, thus improving overall brain health.