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Event – The mature mind: Aging resiliently





The mature mind: Aging resiliently

May 17: Connect with brain health experts about the best ways to cultivate resilience as we age, and how to support loved ones with memory loss and dementia

May 17, 2023 | 12 p.m. Pacific | 3 p.m. Eastern | 7 p.m. Greenwich


Everyone has a different idea of what it means to age well. Some people place the highest value on independent living, while others want to stay as close as possible to family and friends. One thing we all share is a desire to maintain our mental health and sharpness, but it can be difficult to know which actions — exercise, brain games, diet — to pursue with confidence as we get older.

What is clear is that attitudes toward aging matter, and the earlier we start thinking seriously about how we want to navigate our own aging process and taking steps to achieve our goals, the better. On Wednesday, May 17, join AARP’s Vijeth Iyengar and bioethicist Tia Powell to discuss how different areas of the brain and mental abilities change over time, the role of neuroplasticity and learning in healthy aging, and what we all need to know about neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, including caring for people with dementia. This is a conversation for anyone keen to push back against ageism and take care of their brains for the long haul.

This event is the third in a series of events and articles exploring the brain across the lifespan. “Inside the brain: A lifetime of change,” is supported by a grant from the Dana Foundation.

Register here for “The baby brain: Learning in leaps and bounds” and “ The teen brain: Mysteries and misconceptions.” If you can’t attend the live events, please register to receive an email when the replay videos are available.



Vijeth Iyengar

Director of Global Aging, AARP

A cognitive neuroscientist by training, Vijeth Iyengar leads cutting-edge research and drives global aging policy at AARP. He previously served as a career civil servant, spanning three administrations in the US federal government — including as brain health lead and technical advisor to the deputy assistant secretary for aging and a policy advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Iyengar has contributed to the  National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Perspectives and  JAMA Health Forum, among other outlets.


Tia Powell

Bioethicist, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Tia Powell holds the Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Chair in Bioethics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is a professor of psychiatry and of epidemiology, division of bioethics. Her scholarship focuses on dementia, public health policy related to pandemic response, end-of-life care and bioethics education. She served four years as executive director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state’s bioethics commission, and has worked with the National Academies of Medicine and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the author of  Dementia Reimagined, a cultural and medical history of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.



Emily Underwood

Science Content Producer, Knowable Magazine

Emily Underwood has been covering science for over a decade, including as a neuroscience reporter for Science. She has a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University, and her reporting has won national awards, including a 2018 National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives Communication Award for magazine writing.


This event is part of an ongoing series of live events and science journalism from Knowable Magazine and  Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society.

The Dana Foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to advancing neuroscience and society.


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This article originally appeared 2.17.2023 in Knowable Magazine, an independent journalistic endeavor from Annual Reviews. Sign up for the newsletter.

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