More than 700 seniors packed the CUNY Graduate Center’s auditorium and event space for “Up with Aging,” an informational event focused on aging and brain health hosted by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer.
Borough President Brewer moderated the event’s panel discussion on brain health and aging, which featured Dr. Matthew E. Fink, neurologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill-Cornell Medical Hospital, Prof. Wendy A. Suzuki of New York University’s Center for Neural Science, and Dr. Scott Small, professor of Neurology and Columbia University Medical Center’s Taub Institute on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain.
A senior expo following the panel included information, services, activities, and exhibits from more than 20 presenters, including government entities, medical and research institutions, and a range of nonprofit service providers. Participants were able to see real brains, view brain cells through a microscope, learn about cutting-edge brain research, practice memory exercises, pick up tips for a good night’s sleep, learn about the latest in Alzheimer’s treatment and prevention, and participate in activities like yoga, drumming, zumba, and tai chi.
The “Up with Aging” event occurred during Brain Awareness Week, an international effort to raise awareness of the benefits of brain research. Borough President Brewer’s office partnered with the Dana Foundation, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to sponsor the event.
Participating exhibitors included the Dana Foundation and Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, the Neuroscience Outreach Group at New York University Langone Medical Center (NOGN), the Department of Neurology at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical College, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, DOROT Programs for Seniors, and the Senior Planet Exploration Center’s Older Adult Technology Services (OATS).