Here's some help with educating residents about cognitive health

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Lois A. Bowers
Lois A. Bowers

If you're looking for programming to offer as part of your senior living community's wellness initiative or general activities, then you may be interested in a free toolkit from the federal government.

The Brain Health Resource, from three agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services — the Administration for Community Living (which includes the Administration on Aging), the National Institute of Health (which includes the Institute on Aging) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — includes evidence-based information and resources that are designed to educate older adults about what they can do to help keep their brains functioning at their best.

The kit includes a PowerPoint presentation, a guide for the presenter, handouts for use during the presentation, a list of supplementary resources and more. The PowerPoint and handout are available in English and Spanish.

And don't forget about another health-related resource from the government: the NIA's Go4Life campaign, which includes a website with resources to help residents — and staff — take care of their bodies through regular exercise and physical activity.

Lois A. Bowers is senior editor of McKnight's Senior Living. Follow her on Twitter at @Lois_Bowers. Email her at

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