Patient Tips & Tools Brochure
Download the brain health brochure to provide to patients and individuals in the general population. We have highlighted evidence-based brain healthy lifestyle activities using accessible language for a general audience to encourage broad use. The handout summarizes key points related to the brain health benefits of exercise, social engagement, intellectual activity, nutrition, sleep, and stress management, and also provides tips on how to establish brain healthy habits. Print and provide directly to patients during feedback or other sessions. It can also be printed for use in clinic waiting rooms and during public education activities, such as community presentations. We hope that this resource is useful to all NAN members who provide services in clinical and other settings. VIEW & DOWNLOAD

Patient Tips & Tools Wallet Card
Similar to the Brain Health Brochure, we have curated several key tips and reminders for establishing brain healthy habits in an easily portable format. This handy wallet card is business card size and can be reproduced for patients to keep close for a quick reminder about habits. VIEW & DOWNLOAD

Lifestyle Factor Literature
Check out our selected studies from the lifestyle factor literature, by category, that provide evidence for positive brain health outcomes. Find key studies related to exercise, social engagement, cognitively stimulating activity, nutrition, and more. EXPLORE NOW

Integrating Lifestyle Factor Science into Neuropsychological Practice: A NAN Education Paper
The primary aim of this paper is to review evidence and clinical implications related to lifestyle activities associated with promoting brain and cognitive health. Our review targets four key lifestyle factors: physical activity and exercise, social engagement, cognitively stimulating activity, and consuming Mediterranean-style diets. There is significant current evidence supporting the role of physical activity and exercise, social engagement, cognitively stimulating activity, and consuming Mediterranean-style diets on positive brain and cognitive health outcomes. Clinical neuropsychologists can have confidence in recommending engagement in physical activity, social activity, and cognitively stimulating activity, and adhering to a Mediterranean-style diet to promote brain and cognitive health. READ MORE 

BrainWise is NAN’s digital magazine providing original content about neuropsychology, neuroscience, and brain and cognitive health. BrainWise showcases stories that inform patients, caregivers, and brain health professionals alike. We will share discovery information, innovative health tips, and expert opinions at the intersection of neurobehavioral disorders and cognitive health. Watch for Q&As with experts, plus new blog posts and features regularly. Our aim is to make BrainWise approachable to a broad audience of readers from all walks of life. READ NOW & SUBSCRIBE

Brain Health Quick Tips Videos
Delivering all the best tips for brain healthy habits in short video format! Share all the resources or pick the video related to the topic most important for your patient.  

Brain Beat Podcast
The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Foundation produces Brain Beat, a podcast series featuring discussions with experts about brain psychology, brain science, and brain health. Listen in and learn how to keep your brain healthy as you age, facts and myths about concussion, how memory works, how brain development affects behavior, what we know about consciousness and more. Our mission at the NAN Foundation is to bring knowledge of brain and behavior to the public. Brain injury and brain disease can be life-changing and confusing. We break down big brain topics into practical and informative points and serve as a resource and support for individuals, families and communities. We also hope to bring public awareness to brain health and to share our understanding of our clinical science and practice.

Brain Health on DistanCE
Convenient continuing education credits for the latest topics on brain health - check out the curated selection of OnDemand webinars!

Disparities in Sleep Health and Impact on Brain Health (1.5 CE)
Presented by: Azizi Seixas, Ph.D.

Brain Function and Treatment Response for Internet Addiction Across the LifeSpan (1 CE)
Presented by: David R. Rosenberg, MD

Harnessing Positive Psychosocial Factors to Optimize Cognitive Aging (1.5 CE) 
Presented by: Laura B. Zahodne, PhD

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Cognitive Augmentation (1.5 CE)
Presented by: Ruchika S. Prakash, Ph.D.

Building a Better Brain as we Age (1 CE)
Presented by: David A. Bennett, MD

How Can Cognitive Reserve Promote Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Health? (1 CE)
Presented by: Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

Moving Towards Bright Futures: Maintaining Cognitive Health and Well-Being (3 CE)
Presented by: Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, Ph.D., FACSM, Lauren Strober, Ph.D., Michelle Chen, Ph.D. 

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology Special Issue on Brain Health
The science of brain health has developed rapidly over the last decade. Although neuropsychological research has provided many important insights about brain functioning, the focus has largely been on documenting cognitive dysfunction, with considerably less attention paid to brain health and cognitive wellness. A more balanced literature considering both brain function and dysfunction will clarify the entire spectrum of brain health from states of wellness and thriving function through brain disease. This would allow for a far richer understanding of evidence-based, cognition-enhancing strategies useful across varied settings where neuropsychologists provide services, and, importantly, increase the utility and appeal of our work for the general public. Don't miss this special issue!

Spotlight on Women's Brain Health
NAN's Women in Leadership Committee, in collaboration with the Culture & Diversity Committee, has evidence-based considerations for your brain health! Be sure to download both the English and Spanish versions to share in your practice and community.

  1. Get Moving | Regular activity is key.
  2. Eat Smart | Follow a MIND diet. 
  3. Get Rest | Aim for at least 6 hours per night.
  4. Keep Sharp | Be a lifelong learner and have fun.
  5. Socially Connect | Engage with family and friends.
  6. Manage Risks | ❤ health = 🧠 health. 

Why does it matter?
  • Women make up 2 out of 3 Alzheimer's cases (due to longevity, women outnumber men 2:1)
  • Women have higher rates of other conditions, such as heart disease, increasing risk for cognitive impairment
  • Menopause increases risk of Alzheimer's
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