EM1804C “Care and Maintenance of the Aging Brain” (IM GR-040618)

The purpose of this presentation, “Care and Maintenance of the Aging Brain” is to review the current research, clinical care, and social context of promoting brain health as people age.  Research demonstrates that brains retain the capacity for neurogenesis even into old age but basic scientists, clinicians, and sociologist are just beginning to understand how we might best stimulate brain health and avoid neurodegeneration.  The presentation also reviews current recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.  We next examine the effectiveness of new models of care for improving outcomes among older adults with Alzheimer’s disease.  Finally, this talk examines the impact of social factors in successful aging, including the role of enriched environments in promoting brain health. 

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Understand the continuum from normal aging to mild cognitive impairment to dementia
  • Describe the current guidelines and evidence base for the care of older adults with cognitive impairment
  • Review the social context of maintaining brain health
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Christopher M. Callahan, M.D., MACP
Chief Research and Development Officer, Eskenazi Health
Director, Indiana University Center for Aging Research
Investigator, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Cornelius & Yvonne Pettinga Professor of Medicine
The Lorraine Sulkin-Schein Visiting Professorship

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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