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Patient Materials to Promote Brain Health

The following programs and campaigns provide a wealth of electronic and print resources to inform patients about the benefits of blood pressure control, as well as materials to increase awareness among providers.

Illustration of brain with healthy activities inside it
What is Brain Health?
National Institute on Aging

What is Brain Health? is a national campaign to help raise awareness about brain health while empowering older adults to make the most of their brains as they age. It was launched in 2015 by the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is now managed by the National Institute on Aging.

Brain Health Resource Center
National Institute on Aging

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning at their best.

Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias
National Institute on Aging

This NIH website is the government's portal for information on the care, research, and support for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Also included is information about the Alzheimer's and related Dementias Education and Referral Center which is available to answer patient questions and recommend resources.

Program flyer with heart health facts
Healthy Heart, Healthy Brain
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

This resource provides health communication materials to improve quality, availability, and accessibility of public health resources to address the connection between brain health and heart health. Included are resources specifically designed for American Indian and Alaskan Native people and focuses on blood pressure management. All materials were informed by the Healthy Brain Initiative State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia, The 2018-2023 Road Map, and the companion Road Map for Indian Country.

High Blood Pressure is Even Riskier; Person jumping off a cliff
Mind Your Risks
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Mind Your Risks® is a public health campaign that educates people with high blood pressure about the importance of controlling blood pressure in midlife—from the ages of 45 to 65—to help reduce the risk of having a stroke and possibly developing dementia later in life. The campaign website also provides a thorough list of research studies and resources created by health and governmental organizations.

Brain Health & Wellness
Global Council on Brain Health / AARP

The Global Council on Brain Health is an independent collaborative created to provide trusted information on how you can maintain and improve your brain health. Its clear and dependable guidance is based on the foremost thinking from scientists, doctors, scholars, and policy experts around the world. Council members debate the latest in brain health science to reach consensus on what works and what doesn’t. Its goal is to help people apply the latest scientific insights to boost their cognitive health and live their best lives.

Brain Health
Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association's brain health support pages offer information about how patients can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes, including participating in regular physical activity, staying socially engaged, and maintaining good heart health. The '10 Ways to Love Your Brain' checklist identifies many key brain health risk factors and provides a great list of healthy habits for people of all ages.

Julie's Story; Illustration of a woman siting at home with husband
Our Stories
Alzheimer's Association

If you are concerned that you or your loved one may have Alzheimer's, you are not alone. These patient stories and helpful resources from the Alzheimer's Association illustrates how the onset of Alzheimer's can affect people's lives, discusses key symptoms to watch for, and provides conversation starters to help patients, family, and caregivers discuss what your or your loved one is experiencing. These patient stories have also been used in the Ad Council's Alzheimer's Awareness campaign. 

Scan style image of brain in skull
Traumatic Brain Injury
Alzheimer's Association

This website provides a comprehensive look at traumatic brain injury, which can result from an impact to the head that disrupts normal brain function. Traumatic brain injury may affect a person’s cognitive abilities, including learning and thinking skills.

High Blood Pressure Educational Materials
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention has compiled a set of educational materials for public health and healthcare professionals to educate their patients and populations.

High Blood Pressure
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

This NIH website offers patient information in English and Spanish explaining the causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and more about high blood pressure. Also available is a recorded Google hangout video on “Myth busting blood pressure.”

Know Stroke: Know the Signs, Act in Time
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

This NIH campaign was developed to help educate the public about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of getting to the hospital quickly, as well as influencing the health care community to implement and improve protocols to treat stroke.

Cartoon brain lifting barbell weights
Take Brain Health to Heart
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

This patient education website provides information, tools, and resources about healthy eating, maintaining a healthy heart, ceasing tobacco use, and physical activity, as well as protecting your brain from injury.

 

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