Brain Health Critical as Americans Live Longer

Keep your brain healthy for a long and happy life.

Americans can develop healthy, beautiful minds through four specific lifestyle factors according to life’s DHA ad the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA).

The two organizations are beginning the second year of a national health education campaign entitled “Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential,” which empowers American s to affect their brain health through: diet and nutrition, physical health, mental health, and social well-being.

“As the country experiences an unprecedented increase in life expectancy to 78 years—an increase of 30 years over the past century—the knowledge that we can influence brain health and cognition throughout adult life is more important than ever,” said Dr. Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness, and assistant professor of neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “The largest aging population in history will experience the most longevity of any generation, which means taking action to improve our brain health should be a high priority on the health checklist for all of us.”

Today the campaign unveiled the 2011 America’s Brain Health Index, a state-by-state ranking of brain health that delivers data on how well Americans are incorporating the four lifestyle factors into their daily lives.

The campaign also introduced this year’s “Beautiful Minds,” 11 inspirational individuals from across the country who are fulfilling the four dimensions of brain health and achieving amazing things well into the second half of life.

Americans who want to join this growing brain-healthy community to find out where their state ranks in the America’s Brain Health Index, meet this year’s Beautiful Minds, and learn about simple steps that they can take to improve brain health are invited to visit http://www.beautiful-minds.com.

For more information about life’s DHA and the National Center for Creative Aging, please visit
http://www.lifesdha.com and http://www.creativeaging.org