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March 22nd, 2022 | GCBH Spring Newsletter









Dear colleagues,


Happy start of spring! Now is the perfect time to catch up on recent and upcoming Global Council on Brain Health activities.

NEW Behavior Change Report. The GCBH published its latest major report titled Sustaining Brain Healthy Behaviors: Applying Lessons of Public Health and Science to Drive Change. The report examines how to persuade and motivate people to engage in sustained healthy behaviors benefiting their brain health, how to change policies within local communities to support individuals’ ability to make healthy choices, and how to optimize conditions for public health so all can thrive. The report builds on a four-part webinar series held last summer and subsequent expert convening this past fall. Special thanks to GCBH Governance Members Dr. Jessica Langbaum (Banner Alzheimer's Institute) and Dr. Duke Han (USC) for co-leading this report.

See also accompanying report infographic and blog post. For additional coverage, read AARP’s story on Habits That Are Good for the Brain — and How to Make Them Stick.

GCBH at ASA Conference. GCBH will participate in the upcoming American Society on Aging’s annual On Aging Conference being held April 11–14 in New Orleans, LA. A symposium session on “Building Equity, Breaking Down Stigma, and Empowering Behavior Changes to Support Brain Health Among Older Adults” will feature Laura Mehegan (AARP Research), Nora Super (Milken Institute) and GCBH Governance Members Drs. Jessica Langbaum and Duke Han, and highlight AARP’s recent dementia perceptions survey as well as ongoing efforts of the Milken Institute’s Alliance to Improve Dementia Care.

JOIN Brain Health Twitter Chats. GCBH participates in quarterly Twitter chats, facilitated by the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Researchers and members of the broader community who want to learn more about memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease are encouraged to follow @JH_Memory_Aging under the hashtag #BrainMatters.

THIS WEEK: AARP Celebrates You! Join AARP for a free 3-day virtual festival from March 24-26, featuring celebrities and special events including a chat with CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who was a past moderator for the GCBH music report. See the full lineup and RSVP here.

Recent/Upcoming Events:


  • AARP Concert with Leela James. AARP recently held a virtual concert featuring R&B and soul singer-songwriter Leela James, in celebration of Black History Month and highlighting the connection between music and brain health. The event included special remarks honoring GCBH Governance Committee Member Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson (UNC-Chapel Hill), whose research focuses on health disparities and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Workshop on Behavioral Science (Scotland). GCBH Executive Director Sarah Lenz Lock will participate in a Workshop: How Can the Behavioural Sciences Promote Brain Health? this Thursday, March 24, hosted by The Ageing Lab and the Centre for Applied Behavioural Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, in partnership with Brain Health Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium.
  • World Dementia Council Summit. The upcoming WDC Summit 2022 on March 28 in London, UK, will bring together global dementia leaders, including GCBH Executive Director Sarah Lenz Lock, to reflect on what has been achieved in the fields of research and care, and identify public policy challenges that need to be overcome to accelerate progress.
  • Aging Life Care Association Conference. The annual ALCA Conference from April 6–9 in Orlando, FL, will feature a talk by GCBH’s Sarah Lenz Lock on “Achieving and Maintaining a Brain Healthy Lifestyle.” See the full conference program.

Please feel free reach to out with any questions and potential opportunities to collaborate.


In partnership,

AARP Policy & Brain Health Team

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GCBH in the News



Age Like a Pro


A recent Lifestyles After 50 article cites GCBH’s practical tips to challenge the brain rather than falling into routine. Read here.



Learning Music After Age 50


GCBH music expert Dr. Julene Johnson (UCSF) is quoted in this article on the social and cognitive benefits of engaging in music late in life. Read here.



Feeding Your Heart to Boost Brain Health


The GCBH cardiovascular study is cited in this news feature which outlines steps to support brain and heart health. Read here.



Brain-Boosting Supplements…Do They Work?


GCBH’s findings on brain health supplements – and their inefficacy – is spotlighted in this Pharmacy Today piece. Read here.


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