The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent collaborative of scientists, health professionals, scholars and policy experts from around the world working in areas of brain health related to human cognition. The GCBH focuses on brain health relating to peoples’ ability to think and reason as they age, including aspects of memory, perception and judgment. The GCBH is convened by AARP with support from Age UK to offer the best possible advice about what older adults can do to maintain and improve their brain health. GCBH members come together to discuss specific lifestyle issue areas that may impact peoples’ brain health as they age with the goal of providing evidence-based recommendations for people to consider incorporating into their lives.
Download the full report with the Council’s recommendations and practical tips.
Latest Report: Social Engagement and Brain Health
The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) met at Age UK in London to translate scientific evidence on social engagement and brain health into actionable recommendations for the public. GCBH issue experts from around the world came to consensus on a definition for social engagement, an explanation of social connections and networks, and the evidence on the relationship between social engagement and better brain health as we age. The GCBH outlined 15 recommendations to maintain relationships as we age and to build new connections throughout life. These recommendation offer a variety of ways to stay engaged relevant to people from all over the world at any age. The report was refined over several months within the GCBH, reviewed by other experts in the field and finalized by the GCBH Governance Committee.
The report emphasizes that positive relationships, maintained over your lifetime, support well-being and brain health. The report explores current scientific research on the effect social engagement has on brain health. It discusses numerous aspects of social engagement including digital connections, purpose in life, pets as companions, close personal or romantic relationships, and sense of community. It also identifies knowledge gaps. To complement the GCBH’s report, AARP surveyed more than 3,800 adults age 40 and older to understand the factors that influence social engagement, isolation and loneliness and how these issues relate to people’s brain health and mental well-being as they age. Survey results can be found in the section below.
As a result of these deliberations, the GCBH Governance Committee approved the following recommendations on social engagement and brain health for people as they age.
To find out more about how social connections affect your brain health, see this article by Beth Howard.
For more information regarding the Global Council of Brain Health, you may contact our supporting staff members:
- Sarah Lenz Lock, JD, Senior Vice President for Policy, AARP, Executive Director of the GCBH, email@example.com
- Lindsay Chura, Ph.D., Senior Policy and Research Advisor, AARP, Chief Scientific Officer of the GCBH, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nicholas Barracca, Brain Health Policy Analyst, AARP, Project Manager of the GCBH, email@example.com
- James Goodwin, Ph.D., Head of Research, Age UK, Age UK Lead of the GCBH, James.Goodwin@ageuk.org.uk
Report: Brain-Sleep Connection
The sleep recommendations were circulated within the GCBH, reviewed by other experts in the field and prepared for review by the GCBH Governance Committee. As a result of these deliberations, the GCBH Governance Committee approved the following recommendations on sleep and brain health for people as they age.
Report: Brain-Body Connection
During the summer of 2016, the GCBH Governance Committee approved the following recommendations on physical activity and brain health for people as they age. Download the full report with the Council’s recommendations and practical tips.
Professor, Director of Research, Development and Education, Center for Alzheimer Research & Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Head of Clinical Trials, Karolinska University Hospital