2010 Beautiful Minds

The campaign was developed through a partnership of:

The National Center for Creative Aging, an organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and the quality of life of older people and life'sDHA™, a vegetarian and sustainable source of DHA omega-3 that can be found in foods, beverages and supplements.

The National Center for Creative Aging, along with a group of health experts, also developed “Beautiful Minds: An Assessment of the Nation’s Brain Health,” which includes the most recent scientific research from the National Institutes of Health’s State-of-the-Science, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Conference and recently published data.

The findings focus on the four dimensions of brain health—diet and nutrition, physical health, mental health and social well-being—highlighting lifestyle choices that can be made at any age to ensure good health for many years to come.

Intellectual engagement and exploring your own creativity throughout life may even help your brain to create a “reserve” capacity that may delay the onset of age-related cognitive decline.

According to the National Center for Creative Aging, it’s true that our brains lose nerve cells throughout life. However, studies show that it’s not the number of nerve cells, but rather the connections between them, that determines intellectual capacity. These connections grow and develop when the brain is exposed to a rich, stimulating environment.

Studies also show that the number and length of the connections between nerve cells increases between your early 50s to late 70s.

Learn more about creative aging by downloading our report: Arts and Aging in America
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