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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. 

Tips For Staying Sharp: The Aging Brain: Normal versus abnormal changes in memory and the importance of being a lifelong learner.

At the Staying Sharp program at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, panelist and DABI member, Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN used an explanation of brain anatomy to illustrate normal versus abnormal changes in the brain and memory. Within this context, Dr. Griffith also discussed why it is important to be a lifelong learner.

Tips for Staying Sharp: Precursors for Alzheimer's Disease 

During the Staying Sharp session in Tallahassee, Florida panelist and DABI member Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, described the various causes of episodic memory loss. Among these Dr. Heilman discussed Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) which can be a precursor for Alzheimer's Disease.


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

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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 Flushing, Mandarin Chinese
May 10, 2014

[Staying Sharp Flyer in Mandarin Chinese]  

On Saturday, May 10 the Flushing Town Hall was packed with 300 Mandarin speaking active agers. The program was the first ever Staying Sharp presented in Mandarin Chinese. It was held in Flushing, Queens one of the largest ethnic Chinese neighborhoods in New York and in the United States. Panelists for the session were: Xiaoyan Hu, PhD, Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College; Yinhsu Liu, ND, RD, Naturopathic Wellness Center; Huajuan (Serene) Nie, LMSW, Alzheimer's Association; and Able Yuanzia Zhang, PhD, Director of Able Psychology, PC.

For more information, quotes and photos check out the Dana Foundation Storify post.

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

Staying Sharp Oakland, Allen Temple Baptist Church
March 29, 2014

Staying Sharp Oakland Panel photo
[The Panel from left to right: Marcus Penn, Monika Eckfield, Patrick Griffith, Paulina Van, & Jackie Bolds]

There were just over 300 people at the Staying Sharp session at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, CA. The program, including a brain-warm-up, panel discussion and Q&A, ran from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. There were also information tables and displays from a number of local organizations. The panelists for this session were: DABI member, Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of Neurology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; Jackie Bolds, MD, Internal Medicine with Alameda Health System; Monika B. Eckfield, RN, PhD, Assistant professor at the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay; and Marcus Penn, MD, CYT, who also lead the brain warm-up exercise. The session was moderated by Paulina Van, RN, PhD, CNE, Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay.

For more info, quotes and photos check out the Storify post covering Staying Sharp Oakland.

Read the transcript from Staying Sharp Oakland.

 Staying Sharp NYU: braiNY, Brain Awareness Week NYC
March 12, 2014

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Around 75 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 for the program, all from the Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging were: Yael Zweig, NP, Nurse Practitioner, Department of Psychiatry, Ricardo Osorio, MD, PhD, Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry, Center on Brain Health, and Lidia Glodzik, MD, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Radiology and Psychiatry, Center on Brain Health.

Video footage of Staying Sharp NYU is available here

For more info, check out the Storify post covering the Staying Sharp NYU

2013 Forums

Staying Sharp Atlanta ( AARP Life@50+ )
October 5, 2013

 Staying Sharp Atlanta
(From left to right: Patrick A. Griffith, Laura Reynolds, James J. Lah)

Just over 50 people were in attendance for the Staying Sharp presentation at AARP’s East Coast Life@50+ Conference in Atlanta, GA. The panelists for the session were DABI member, Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, the Chief of the Division of Neurology and Professor of Clinical Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, and James J. Lah, MD, PhD, an Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of the Cognitive Neurology Program as well as Vice Chair Department of Neurology and Alice and Roy Richards Professor and Chair  of the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. The session was moderated by Laura Reynolds, Senior Project Manager at the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

For more info, check out the Storify post covering Staying Sharp Atlanta.

Staying Sharp Buffalo, New York
September 28, 2013


Just over 400 people were in attendance at the Staying Sharp session in Buffalo, NY on September 28. The program took place at the Hearthstone Manor from 9 am - 1 pm. The panel discussion was preceeded and concluded by hour-long brain health fairs. Also preceeding the panel discussion was a short "Brain Warm-up" exercise routine led by professional trainer Richard Derwald. The panelists for the session were Gil I. Wolfe, MD, FAAN, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Irvin and Rosemary Smith Chair at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences/SUNY, and Jessica J. Englert, PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Neurology Department of DeGraff Memorial Hospital, Kaleida Health. Bill Armbruster, Associate State Director of AARP New York moderated the session.

Check out the Storify post covering Staying Sharp Buffalo.

Read the transcript from Staying Sharp Buffalo.

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


Staying Sharp booklet: Memory and Aging

Moments of forgetfulness happen to everyone, even the young. But as we get older, they may leave us wondering if we’re losing our mental edge. 


Staying Sharp booklet: Late-life Brain Disorders: Getting the Facts

Is there anyone who doesn’t desire to live life to the fullest every day, no matter their age? Learn about a few of the most common and most debilitating late-life brain disorders: dementia, depression, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and chronic pain. 


Staying Sharp booklet: Learning as We Age

According to the latest brain research, actively engaging our brains in learning throughout life can have a significant impact on how well our brains age. Find out what neuroscience has revealed about lifelong learning. 


Staying Sharp booklet: Successful Aging and Your 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. 

  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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