Staying Sharp: Tallahassee

On Saturday, May 17 the Dana Foundation partnered with AARP Tallahassee, Florida and The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at The Florida State University to present a live forum to over 200 people at the Florida State Conference Center.


  1. The panelists in Tallahassee were DABI member, Patrick A. Griffith, MD, FAAN, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Chief of Neurology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; Katherin Snyder, RD, LD/N, CDE, Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric and Diabetes Center; and Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, The James E. Rooks Jr. Distinguished Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Tom Flanigan, program director for local radio channel WFSU-FM, moderated the session.
  2. All 200 audience members were up and moving for the 10 minute brain warm-up exercise routine. After getting their heart rates up and blood flowing to their brains they were ready to sit and listen to our panelists discuss how to Stay Sharp!
  3. Next the panel discussed normal and abnormal changes to brain as we age.
  4. The discussion on abnormal changes led into our next topic, brain disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's and some of the precursors and warning signs.
  5. Dementia
  6. Alzheimer's Disease
  7. After describing some of the degenerative brain disorders, it was time for the panelists to discuss strategies to lead a brain healthy life. That meant it was time for the four factors for Staying Sharp.
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  9. With the brain warm-up in mind, the panelists started by discussing the importance of increasing your level of physical activity.