FUNDING SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PRC Special Interest Project, 5-U48-DP-000051 SIP 8-06 (2006-2009)

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Daniela Friedman, MSc, PhD and James Laditka, PhD


This was a cooperative project of the CDC and the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN). The HAN is comprised of nine research universities and their community partners, with additional participation by the Alzheimer’s Association. The project conducted formative research on attitudes about cognitive health, and about behaviors that have been linked with cognitive health. The goal of this formative research was to provide information to inform the development of information dissemination and intervention projects; the project, however, was focused on formative research designed to provide the information needed to create successful public health interventions to promote and protect cognitive health. This project built on work begun under a previous project: Community Approaches for Preventing Alzheimer's Disease. An entire issue of The Gerontologist (2009, Volume 49, Supplement) was devoted to findings from our qualitative research study.

PUBLICATIONS (with USC authors):

** To see a list of all network publications related to brain health, please refer to the please refer to the Healthy Aging Research Network website:

Bryant, L. L., J. N. Laditka, et al. (2009). "Characteristics of the healthy brain project sample: representing diversity among study participants." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S23-9.

Corwin, S. J., J. N. Laditka, et al. (2009). "Attitudes on aging well among older African Americans and whites in South Carolina." Prev Chronic Dis 6(4): A113.

Day, K. L., D. B. Friedman, et al. (2012). "Prevention of cognitive impairment: physician perceptions and practices." Journal of Applied Gerontology 31(6): 743-754.

Friedman, D. B., J. N. Laditka, et al. (2009). "Getting the message out about cognitive health: a cross-cultural comparison of older adults' media awareness and communication needs on how to maintain a healthy brain." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S50-60.

Friedman, D. B., J. N. Laditka, et al. (2010). "Cognitive health messages in popular women's and men's magazines, 2006-2007." Prev Chronic Dis 7(2): A32.

Friedman, D. B., S. B. Laditka, et al. (2011). "A content analysis of cognitive health promotion in popular magazines." Int J Aging Hum Dev 73(3): 253-81.

Friedman, D. B., S. B. Laditka, et al. (2011). "Ethnically diverse older adults' beliefs about staying mentally sharp." Int J Aging Hum Dev 73(1): 27-52.

Kelsey, S. G. and S. B. Laditka (2009). "Evaluating the roles of professional geriatric care managers in maintaining the quality of life for older Americans." J Gerontol Soc Work 52(3): 261-76.

Laditka JN, Laditka SB, et al. (2011). "Older adults' concerns about cognitive health: Commonalities and differences among six United States ethnic groups." Ageing and Society: 1202-1228.

Laditka, J. N., R. L. Beard, et al. (2009). "Promoting cognitive health: a formative research collaboration of the healthy aging research network." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S12-7.

Laditka, S. B., S. J. Corwin, et al. (2009). "Methods and management of the healthy brain study: a large multisite qualitative research project." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S18-22.

Laditka, S. B., S. J. Corwin, et al. (2009). "Attitudes about aging well among a diverse group of older Americans: implications for promoting cognitive health." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S30-9.

Laditka, S. B., J. N. Laditka, et al. (2013). "How do older people describe others with cognitive impairment? A multiethnic study in the United States." Ageing and Society 33: 369-392.

Laditka, S. B., W. Tseng, et al. (2012). "Beliefs about promoting cognitive health among Filipino Americans who care for persons with dementia." Int J Aging Hum Dev 75(3): 273-96.

Mathews, A. E., S. B. Laditka, et al. (2009). "What are the top-circulating magazines in the United States telling older adults about cognitive health?" Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen 24(4): 302-12.

Mathews, A. E., S. B. Laditka, et al. (2010). "Older adults' perceived physical activity enablers and barriers: a multicultural perspective." J Aging Phys Act 18(2): 119-40.

Price, A. E., S. J. Corwin, et al. (2011). "Older adults' perceptions of physical activity and cognitive health: implications for health communication." Health Educ Behav 38(1): 15-24.

Price, A. E., S. J. Corwin, et al. (2011). "Physical activity and cognitive-health content in top-circulating magazines, 2006-2008." J Aging Phys Act 19(2): 147-68.

Vandenberg, A. E., A. E. Price, et al. (2012). "How do top cable news websites portray cognition as an aging issue?" Gerontologist 52(3): 367-82.

Warren-Findlow, J., A. E. Price, et al. (2010). "Primary care providers' sources and preferences for cognitive health information in the United States." Health Promot Int 25(4): 464-73.

Wilcox, S., J. R. Sharkey, et al. (2009). "Perceptions and beliefs about the role of physical activity and nutrition on brain health in older adults." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S61-71.

Wu, B., R. T. Goins, et al. (2009). "Gender differences in views about cognitive health and healthy lifestyle behaviors among rural older adults." Gerontologist 49 Suppl 1: S72-8.

The NIH Cognitive and Emotional Health Project website offers a searchable database of a large number of studies on age and cognitive and emotional function as well as summaries of measures and an executive report.
Read about the Alzheimer's Association "Maintain Your Brain" campaign, which includes a focus on healthy eating and physical activity.