Promoting cognitive health: a formative research collaboration of the healthy aging research network.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: Evidence suggests that healthy lifestyles may help maintain cognitive health. The Prevention Research Centers Healthy Aging Research Network, 9 universities collaborating with their communities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conducting a multiyear research project, begun in 2005, to understand how to translate this knowledge into public health interventions. DESIGN AND METHODS: This article provides an overview of the study purpose, design, methods, and processes. We examined the literature on promoting cognitive health, convened a meeting of experts in cognitive health and public health interventions, identified research questions, developed a common focus group protocol and survey, established quality control and quality assurance processes, conducted focus groups, and analyzed the resulting data. RESULTS: We conducted 55 focus groups with 450 participants in 2005-2007, and an additional 20 focus groups and in-depth interviews in 2007-2008. Focus groups were in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese, with African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanics, non-Hispanic Whites, physicians and other health practitioners, rural and urban residents, individuals caring for family or friends with cognitive impairment, and cognitively impaired individuals. IMPLICATIONS: The data provide a wealth of opportunities for designing public health interventions to promote cognitive health in diverse populations.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Laditka, JN; Beard, RL; Bryant, LL; Fetterman, D; Hunter, R; Ivey, S; Logsdon, RG; Sharkey, JR; Wu, B

Published Date

  • June 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 Suppl 1 /

Start / End Page

  • S12 - S17

PubMed ID

  • 19525211

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19525211

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1758-5341

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0016-9013

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/geront/gnp085


  • eng