Experts converge at Healthy Aging Forum held at USC

Published: Dec. 10, 2015 at 12:27 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2015 at 2:12 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Experts are trying to come up with ways to keep our brains working properly as we get older.
The Healthy Aging forum came together in Columbia Wednesday.  Specialists from the South Carolina Office for the Study of Aging, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Arnold School of Public Health talked about issues of brain health and fighting dementia.

"The point of today's forum was really to bring together partners doing work in research, in programs, and to provide an opportunity for networking for individuals across the state who are doing work in healthy aging and cognitive health," said  Dr. Daniela Friedman, PhD, of the South Carolina Brain Research Network.
Experts discussed research that links together physical activity, nutrition and cognitive health.
"The focus of our network has really been examining diverse communities perceptions about cognitive health, what people think they can do to reduce risk of developing cognitive impairment, and how we can work together with the partners here to develop messages that are going to be evidence based, evidence informed and relevant to communities in South Carolina," said Dr. Friedman.

The forum was sponsored in part by the Healthy Brain Research Network—a grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Aging Program at the university.

This was the first Healthy Aging Forum held at USC.  Dr. Friedman says she hopes this fosters future collaboration.

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