Tips for keeping your brain healthy

Posted on 11/19/20

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AARP Virginia will host a telephone town hall at 1 p.m., Dec. 1, to discuss brain health and keeping minds fit.

The forum will feature Jacobo Mintzer, MD, MBA, Executive Director of the Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center and Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC, and Sarah Lock, AARP Senior Vice President for Policy & Brain Health, and Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health. They will be on the call for 60 minutes taking questions from the audience and providing helpful information about how to protect brain health.

To sign up to be called, go to You can also dial in directly by calling toll-free 866-641-6809.

Mintzer is the Executive Director of the Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center, and Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC. He is also a professor in the department of Health Sciences in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and a staff physician at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.  At MUSC, he developed the Geriatric Psychiatry and Alzheimer’s research program in 1991, which includes inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services as well as a fellowship program. Mintzer has been involved in clinical research on Alzheimer’s disease for the last 20 years and is author of over 200 peer-reviewed research articles.

No matter your age, AARP’s holistic approach to brain health provides actionable information and resources to help you stay mentally sharp and increase your chances of maintaining cognitive health. AARP empowers you with the tools you need to take control of your health. We created the AARP Brain Health Center to equip our members with the information and resources that they need to keep their minds active and healthy, so that they can make the most of every moment.

With about 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ and their families in the Commonwealth.

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