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MindAlert Award


The American Society on Aging, with the generous funding from the MetLife Foundation, offers free online training and educational resources on current research and innovative programs in the non-profit sector that help older adults maintain and enhance cognitive and mental function in their later years.

Watch the 2013 National Forum on Brain Health, featuring Dr. Paul Nussbaum. The Forum was held at the annual Aging in America conference in Chicago, thanks to funding from MetLife Foundation.

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Recognizing Innovations in Mental Fitness Programming for Older Adults

The MindAlert Award is awarded to a mental fitness program serving the general population of older adults developed by a nonprofit organization. Competitive applications will clearly describe innovative features of the program; demonstrate the program’s basis in research; demonstrate the program’s impact on cognitive abilities of older adults and potential for the program to be replicated by other organizations; and include how the program or product addresses cultural, racial, ethnic or geographically diverse older adult audiences.

The winning program will receive:

  • One complimentary AiA conference registration
  • A one-year complimentary ASA membership
  • An opportunity to present the program to ASA audiences via an ASA webinar

The winner will be featured in the Aging in America Conference program book, in Aging Today and Age Blog, and on this page.

Click here to submit a nomination
Deadline: October 15

ASA Congratulates the Winner of 2015 ASA MindAlert Award

Brain GYM (Grow Your Mind) Boot Camp

Brain GYM (Grow Your Mind) Boot Camp is an intensive four-hour workshop designed for cognitively healthy adults to learn about evidence-based lifestyle factors and cognitive exercises that may help prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Developed by a team of dementia specialists and neuropsychologists, the program provides detailed instruction and in-depth discussions around lifestyle elements of physical exercise, nutrition, social activity, mental exercise, stress management and sleep.

Each participant uses the content learned along with the brain fitness self-evaluation and assessed difficulty of domain-specific exercises to create an action plan toward improved brain health. The tools and action plan are very helpful in allowing participants to think through next steps. Each workshop limited to 20 participants to maximize hands-on instruction.

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