Investing in Late-Life Brain Capital

Walter D. Dawson, Erin Smith, Laura Booi, Maia Mosse, Helen Lavretsky, Charles F. Reynolds, Jeffrey Cummings, Patrick Brannally, William Hynes, Eric J. Lenze, Facundo Manes, Rym Ayadi, Lori Frank, Sandra Bond Chapman, Ian H. Robertson, Lori Rubenstein, Jorge Jraissati, Agustin Ibáñez, Howard Fillit, Dilip V. JesteAnitha Rao, Michael Berk, Eric A. Storch, Antonella Santuccione Chadha, Harris A. Eyre

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Within many societies and cultures around the world, older adults are too often undervalued and underappreciated. This exacerbates many key challenges that older adults may face. It also undermines the many positive aspects of late life that are of tremendous value at both an individual and societal level. We propose a new approach to elevate health and well-being in late life by optimizing late-life Brain Capital. This form of capital prioritizes brain skills and brain health in a brain economy, which the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century demands. This approach incorporates investing in late-life Brain Capital, developing initiatives focused on building late-life Brain Capital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberigac016
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • Aging
  • Brain health
  • Innovation
  • Mental disorders
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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