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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: Late-Life Depression.

At the Staying Sharp program at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, panelist Monika B. Eckfield, RN, PhD compared the signs and symptoms of depression in younger and older people. Dr. Eckfield also emphasized how late-life depression can be combated with social engagement and exercise (two of our Four Factors to Staying Sharp).

Tips for Staying Sharp: Types of Dementia 

During the Staying Sharp session in Tallahassee, Florida panelist and DABI member Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, used the letters D-E-M-E-N-T-I-A to explain the different types of dementia.


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

Upcoming Staying Sharp forums:

Staying Sharp Brooklyn
March 21, 2015
10 AM - 12 PM

New Gethsemane Baptist Church
209 Rochester Avenue (between Sterling and Park Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Panel of Experts
Desiree Byrd, PhD,
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, Professor, Clinical Medicine, SABA University
Andre A. Fenton, PhD, New York University, Center for Neural Science

Moderator: Dionne H. E. Polite, Associate State Director, Multicultural Initiatives, AARP New York

It's FREE! Register by calling 1-877-926-8300.

2015 Forums

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

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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 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

**Limited supply upon email request only**

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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.'

Want to screen the Staying Sharp video for your group? Learn more.