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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging:
Behavioral and Social Factors Related to Alzheimer's Disease
 Alzheimers WiB

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 This publication from the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences summarizes a June 2017 workshop that examined how personality, social engagement, and educational attainment are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Participants discussed mechanisms that may underlie these associations and research strategies to further understanding of the pathways through which social and behavioral factors affect the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease.

Sponsor: National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.

Workshop — held on June 12-13, 2017


Speaker Bios

Michelle C. Carson—Translating Observational and Lab-based Trials to Community-based Interventions: Why and How

Art Kramer—RCT's: Some Advantages, Limitations & Challenges

Chandra Muller—Pathways Linking Education to Midlife Correlates of AD: Using Longitudinal Data

Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow—Varieties of Engagement as Pathways to Cognitive Resilience

Angelina R. Sutin—Personality

Planning Committee Members

Arthur Kramer
, Northeastern University
Roger Dixon, University of Alberta
Jennifer Manly, Columbia University
    School of Medicine
Angelina Sutin, College of Medicine,
    Florida State University


Adrienne Stith Butler, Senior Program
Tina Winters, Associate Program Officer
Renée L. Wilson, Senior Program


 Understanding Pathways Cover  Related Publication

Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: How Social and Behavioral Factors Affect Health at Older Ages: Workshop in Brief (2015)

Research has identified many behavioral, social, and biological factors that are associated with healthy aging. Less well understood are possible causal relationships between such factors and positive aging outcomes or the mechanisms through which these factors may influence the aging process. Improved understanding of these relationships is needed to support the design of interventions to promote healthy outcomes at midlife and older ages.


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