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Enhancing Cognitive Health and Vitality in Aging


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Enhancing Cognitive Health and Vitality in Aging

Unlock the keys to a sharper mind and an invigorated life with Sarah Lenz Lock from AARP in our latest episode. As we explore the lesser-known truths about cognitive health and aging, Sarah provides a wealth of knowledge and practical strategies to improve brain health throughout our life. Her insights into AARP's groundbreaking research and initiatives offer fitness professionals the tools they need to revolutionize the way we approach exercise and wellness in the aging adult community. Discover how physical activity intertwines with mental acuity, and why this combination is key to thriving across our lifespan. 

Embark on a journey through the pillars of brain health as Sarah unravels the power of social bonds, mental challenges, restorative sleep, diet, and exercise in fortifying our cognitive reserves. We tackle the stereotypes of aging while also addressing the critical issue of social isolation, especially poignant in the wake of the pandemic. For fitness professionals, this episode arms you with the knowledge and resources to transform how you approach aging and brain health with your clients.

Our Guest: Sarah Lenz Lock, J.D.

Sarah Lenz Lock is Senior Vice President for Policy and Brain Health in AARP’s Policy, Research and International Affairs (PRI).  Ms. Lock leads AARP’s policy initiatives on brain health and care for people living with dementia, including serving as the Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health, an independent collaborative of scientists, doctors, and policy experts.  Ms. Lock coordinates AARP’s role in the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations. 

Ms. Lock is a frequent writer and public speaker on issues related to healthy aging.  She has been quoted or appeared in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, NPR, Good Morning, America, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, CBS News, the Baltimore Sun, and the Chicago Tribune.

 Sarah serves on numerous boards and is a member of the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, the Dementia Friendly America National Council, the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the National Institute on Aging’s IMPACT Collaboratory, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. Sarah represents AARP on the Milken Alliance to Improve Dementia Care and serves as a Health and Aging Policy Fellow Program National Advisory Board Member.   She formerly served as a Commissioner for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging and on the HHS Administration on Community Living Aging and Cognitive Health Technical Expert Advisory Board.

Ms. Lock received a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was a member of the law review. 

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