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Staying Sharp focuses on understanding how the brain works and maximizing brain function and health. The program includes live public forums, printed resources, and a DVD program.

Staying Sharp forums are dynamic discussions by an expert panel followed by a Q&A session with the audience, covering how the brain changes as we age, memory loss, brain diseases and disorders, and maintaining cognitive function. 

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Staying Sharp Successful Aging and the Brain

We all know people who seem to blossom after 50, or stay sharp into old age. What can we learn from them? Find out what steps you can take to improve your brain fitness, regardless of your age. 

Tips For Staying Sharp: Increase Mental and Physical Activity.

At Staying Sharp Kansas City on June 13, 2015, Jeffrey Burns, MD, MS, one of the panelists from the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center emphasized the importance of increased mental and physical activity in order to help the brain Stay Sharp!


Tips for Staying Sharp: The Three M's (Move, Moderate and Manage medical conditions)

During Staying Sharp Kansas City panelist Anne Foundas, MD from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine described "The Three M's" (move, moderate and manage medical conditions) crucial to a healthy brain.


Go to the Dana Foundation YouTube Channel to view other Tips for Staying Sharp video clips. 

2015 Forums

Staying Sharp Kansas City
June 13, 2015

Staying Sharp KC Audience

There were over 250 active-agers in attendance at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS on Saturday, June 13. The packed house participated in a brief "brain warm-up" exercise routine and then sat for a fantastic panel discussion moderated by Loren Halifax from local WDAF Fox 4 TV. The panel of experts included: Anne Arthur, ARNP, BC, Nurse Practitioner, Memory Care Clinic, Executive Director, University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center; Jeffrey Burns, MD, MS, Edward H. Hashinger Professor of Neurology, Co-Director, University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center; Anne L. Foundas, MD, Chief, Center for Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Truman Medical Center, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Medicine; and  Russell H. Swerdlow, MD, Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor of Neurology, Director, University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, Director, KUMC Neurodegenerative Disorders Program

Make sure to read the Storify post from the session with pictures and quotes from panelists. 

Staying Sharp Brooklyn
March 21, 2015

There were around 50 eager learners at the New Gethsemane Baptist Church in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for Staying Sharp. New Gethsemane Baptist Church is an African-American church and therefore the audience as well as the panel was African American. The panelists were Desiree Byrd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine; Patrick A. Griffth, MD, FAAN, member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and Professor of Clinical Medicine at SABA University; Andre A. Fenton, PhD, from New York University's Center for Neural Science.

Staying Sharp NYU: braiNY, Brain Awareness Week NYC
March 17, 2015

NYU Info Table 2015

Around 200 active-agers attended the Staying Sharp program at the NYU Langone Medical Center as part of braiNY, the New York City collaborative celebration of Brain Awareness Week. The panelists and moderator for the program were from NYU Langone Medical Center's Center for Cognitive Neurology. 

Make sure to read the Storify post from the session with pictures and quotes from the panelists.  

2014 Forums

Staying Sharp Tallahassee
May 17, 2014

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 [From left to right: Tom Flanigan, Katherin Snyder, Patrick Griffith & Kenneth Heilman]


Just over 200 people attended the Staying Sharp forum at the Augustus B. TurnBull III Florida State Conference Center in Tallahassee, FL. It was Dana's first Staying Sharp in Florida since 2010. The panelists for the session were: DABI Member, Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of Neurology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; DABI member Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, The James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine; and Katherin Snyder, RD, LD/N, CDE, Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric and Diabetes Center. Tom Flanigan, program director for local radio channel WFSU-FM, moderated the session.

Make sure to check the Storify post from the session for quotes, photos and more info from the session.

The transcript of Staying Sharp Tallahassee is also available here

Staying Sharp Mandarin Chinese

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 [Staying Sharp presented in Mandarin Chinese at a New York metro area senior community]

Following the success of the Staying Sharp forum in Mandarin Chinese held in Flushing, NY on May 10, the Dana Foundation will present seven smaller Mandarin programs in 2014. Programs will be held at senior centers and communities in the New York metro area.

The Staying Sharp booklets were translated into Mandarin and printed copies were distributed to the audience. Electronic versions are now available. Below are the translated copies of Staying Sharp: Learning as We Age, Staying Sharp: Late-Life Brain Disorders and Staying Sharp: Memory and Aging. 

 Learning as we age   Late-Life Mandarin Memory and aging mandarin2  
 Staying Sharp: Learning as We Age  Staying Sharp: Late-Life Brain Disorders Staying Sharp: Memory and Aging


For an archive of earlier Staying Sharp sessions, visit the Staying Sharp archives.

  Staying Sharp puzzles

A series of free downloadable puzzles, based on Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and Your Brain, is also available. Download here. To download our other puzzles please visit the Brain Awareness Week puzzle page.

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Staying Sharp DVD program

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Can’t make it to a live Staying Sharp forum? Watch the Staying Sharp video. Dana Alliance member Dr. Jordan Grafman is the guide for this 29 minute video, which covers what to expect from the aging brain and how to 'stay sharp.'

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