Brain Health

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A healthy brain helps you stay mobile and independent. As you age, there are ways to reduce your chance of dementia. Take care of your body and your body will take care of your brain. 

  • Maintain a healthy diet: Good nutrition can reduce inflammation in the body and brain.
  • Keep your brain working: Engaging in a hobby and staying connected with friends can help you stay sharper.
  • Stay physically active: Even moderate exercise like a brisk walk can improve your mental health.
  • Take your medication as directed: Especially if you have high blood pressure or diabetes.
Be good to your brain and your brain will be good to you. Talk to your doctor about a screening.​​

FY24 Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Grants​

The Maryland Department of Aging is pleased to congratulate six non-profits that have been awarded grants to support the implementation of comprehensive home- and community-based supportive services, improve coordination of care, and expand opportunities for social support to maximize the health and autonomy for those experiencing Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers. Nearly $134,000 has been granted to the following organizations:

  • River Oaks – Wo​rcester Co. Commission Aging - $27,000
    The funding will be used to provide “Journey Scholarships” to attend the River Oaks Day Center one to two days per week, benefiting underserved people with ADRDs, caregivers, and family members.
  • Crossway Community - National Intergenerational Montessori Center​ - $26,234 
    The funding will be used to pay for eight Dementia Capable day-long trainings in Kensington, MD, including a total of 16 lessons, that will be infused with Montessori principles on interacting with and caring for people with ADRDs.
  • Neighborhood Companions –  $23,500
    The funding will be used to address isolation, depression, and loneliness by providing transportation to Turner Station in Baltimore and through regular companionship and home visits. 
  • MAC, Inc. – LifeBridges Day Program - $20,000
    The funding will be used to provide scholarships to low income African American and Haitian residents in Salisbury, MD to attend a dementia day program, that includes interventions and person-centered care programs.
  • Link Generations – $11,500
    The funding will be used for an intergenerational program with multiple sessions to educate middle and high school students, caregivers, and group leaders on ways to effectively engage individuals living with dementia.
  • Easter Seals – $23,398
    The funding will be used to establish a Dementia Live program and sustainable dementia programming in the Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Silver Spring Adult Day Centers. 

MDOA Contact

Mark Tesoro

Cognitive and Behavioral Health Specialist
Program Manager, ADRD Grant Initiatives
Phone: (410) 767-1119

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