8 - Evaluating and Designing Lifestyle and Social Factors to Promote Neurocognitive Health
Thursday, October 15, 2020
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET
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Our society is aging rapidly and living longer. Every day another 10,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday. From a developmental and societal perspective, maintaining cognitive health over the life course is a high priority. There is a high degree of heterogeneity in individual rates of cognitive and brain aging, some of which can be accounted for by early to late lifestyle and broader environmental factors that can make physical and social activity prohibitive, particularly among socioeconomic groups at higher risk for dementia. This course will explore some individual and environmental factors that contribute to cognitive and brain health in aging, and describe methodologies for more precisely studying the link between lifestyle activities and brain health. These findings inform the design of real-world social interventions, such as Experience Corps, to promote activity and neurocognitive health on a large scale and boost one’s resilience to dementia.
Describe key lifestyle factors that impact cognitive aging and risk for dementia.
Explain the role of neighborhood and geospatial methods being used to measure environmental factors that likely influence both activity on cognition.
Compare methods for understanding the impact of lifestyle activities on cognitive aging, including frequency versus variety and activity metrics obtained from wearables.
Discuss how social engagement through volunteering promotes lifestyle activity and cognitive and targeted brain changes.
Summarize next steps toward designing and scaling this and other social health promotion programs.