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SUNDAY, June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer's Association are releasing their brain health "road map," designed to maintain and improve the cognitive performance of American adults.
Officials from the two organizations said the National Public Health Road Map to Maintaining Cognitive Health emphasizes that maintaining and improving individuals' cognitive health is important to the overall health of the nation.
The Road Map calls for a coordinated approach to raising public awareness about cognitive health and a national commitment to prevent cognitive decline.
The document was slated to be unveiled Sunday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Prevention of Dementia, in Washington, D.C.
"Public health has a key role to play in ensuring that added years for older Americans are quality years, including both physical health and cognitive health," CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said in a prepared statement.
She said the Road Map, "represents a reason for optimism coupled with a clear need for action. The Road Map provides critical action steps that organizations and agencies can take to move cognitive health into the public health arena in a strategic, coordinated manner."
The Road Map offers 44 recommendations including:
Cognitive decline can range from memory loss and mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Currently, about 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's. The number of people with Alzheimer's and other cognitive problems is expected to increase substantially as the baby boomer generation continues to age.
The Alzheimer's Association explains mild cognitive impairment.
SOURCE: Alzheimer's Association, news release, June 10, 2007