Promoting brain health to reduce rates of Alzheimer’s

Dr. Michael S. Jaffee

As a partner in the new Florida Brain Health Consortium, the University of Florida is strategically working to reduce rates of Alzheimer’s disease by focusing on lowering known risk factors such as hypertension, physical inactivity and depression.

Collaborating with the Brain Health Initiative, UF aims to implement the newly updated National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.

On Dec. 27, 2021, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced an update to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease to add a goal to focus on prevention through funding research, encouraging healthier behaviors and integrating risk-reduction strategies.

“While we remain hopeful that better treatments for Alzheimer’s are on the horizon, we know there are things that people can do right now to lower their risk of developing this disease,” said Michael S. Jaffee, M.D., vice chair of neurology and director of the UF Brain Injury, Rehab & Neuroresilience Center. “We hope that this consortium can help Florida become a state leader in brain health and prevention.”

Read the full Florida Brain Health Consortium press release.