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Brain Resources for Seniors

Validated sites related to brain health and general information for older adults and caregivers, from external sources and from Dana publications.

Staying Sharp

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives' Staying Sharp program includes live public forums, printed and printable resources, and videos.

Reports on Progress

Reviews by eminent neuroscientists of specific areas of research, including normal function, disease, and new technologies. 


BrainWeb provides information and links to validated sites about brain diseases and disorders from external sources and from Dana publications.


Recent Articles 


Big Data on Healthy Brain Aging

To tease out what distinguishes the aging brain from the diseased brain, researchers are collecting reams of data, from types of neurons in the brain to changes in people’s behavior.

Can A Purpose-Driven Life Help Protect the Aging Brain?

New research suggests that ‘eudaimonic well-being’ might dampen harmful inflammation and delay Alzheimer’s

Being Mindful about Novel Brain Research

We’ve heard a lot lately about brain-to-machine communication, and now there are first steps toward brain-to-brain communication. How do we prevent news of incremental  discoveries from transporting our imaginations way too far?

Past Music Training May Help Compensate for Some Age-Related Declines

People who studied music as children—and stopped when they were children—performed better at some hearing tasks decades later than those who never studied music.

Seeking Biomarkers for Parkinson’s

Two major initiatives aim to find anotomical or physiological changes that could lead to earlier detection and potential treatment.

Why Is Sleep So Important?

Many recent studies have demonstrated that sleep benefits all aspects of neural plasticity. Currently under investigation are the underlying cellular mechanisms, which should explain why these benefits can only be obtained when the brain is off-line. One of our series of Reports on Progress.

What is ‘Healthy’ Cognitive Aging?

Even without a disease such as Alzheimer’s, the aging brain does show signs of wear. Researchers look to the molecular level to see if they can slow the ‘normal’ progress.

Teasing Out the Benefits of Meditation

A series of recent studies has found that by directing attention systematically, repeatedly, and over time, people who meditate appear to effect changes in brain function and connectivity comparable to those associated with fMRI neurofeedback and consistent with observed behavioral benefits. Some investigators describe structural changes as well.

Why Do All the Large Alzheimer’s Drug Trials Fail?

Are the drugs ineffective? Or is there something about large trials that obscures their effectiveness?