Initiatives

Brain Health Equity Initiative

In 2017, our lab launched the Brain Health Equity Initiative with the goal of fostering community-responsive partnerships and programs to promote healthy brain aging in the Greater Madison community here and now. This initiative reflects our commitment to ensuring scientific progress is accompanied by community investment and capacity building — particularly among those disproportionately affected by changes in brain health.

Over the years, we have focused on establishing new coalitional partnerships, developing an initial understanding of the needs and priorities surrounding brain health, and identifying concrete services and programs that would offer direct value to the community.

Read more about some of the community outreach programs we offer to further this initiative. Consistent with principles that guide our practices, we offer these programs for the primary purpose of promoting brain health equity.

Programs

Brain & Body Fitness Program

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The Brain & Body Fitness Program is an evidence-informed brain health promotion program offered by members of our lab in collaboration with Madison School & Community Recreation for older adults in the community. The class is designed for those who are concerned about changes they notice in their memory and thinking, who want to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

Brain & Body Fitness combines light exercise, brain health information, and mental activities designed to help strengthen our physical and mental wellbeing as we age.

If you are interested in learning more about the program and how to join, contact us at brainhealthteam@medicine.wisc.edu.

Brain Health Community Registry

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The Brain Health Community Registry is a network that connects adults and caregivers interested in brain health with community-based services and researchers who study aging, brain health, and caregiving for people with memory changes.

The goal of the registry is to share information about research opportunities related to aging, brain health, and caregiving for people with memory changes and their caregivers, and to make participating in research more accessible.

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Brain Health Education

Brain Health Supplements 

Information Document

Information Document coming soon!

If you have any questions, please contact us at brainhealthteam@medicine.wisc.edu.

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