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Neuroscience and Society Series: Growing Older, Cognition, and What Science Has to Offer

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If we live long enough, aging is inevitable, and more people in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Yet, age is a major risk factor for most common neurodegenerative diseases, so its consequences for individuals, families and society are anything but trivial. But how we age is not fixed. There are things we can do to mitigate the harsh effects that aging can have on our brains, on the way we think, understand, learn and remember. This event addressed that question from different perspectives—what science tells us about the aging process and its impact on cognition, what effective, or not so effective, strategies there are for maintaining or enhancing cognition as we age, and what the funding priorities are as reflected in the portfolio of the National Institute on Aging. 

Marilyn S. Albert, Ph.D  
Director, Division of Cognitive Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.
Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health

Sevil Yasar,  M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine