Episode 224: AARP Brain Health Resources - Stay Sharp and Stave Off Cognitive Decline with Sarah Lenz Lock and Dr. Leigh Richardson

Sarah Lenz LockDr. Leigh Richardson of the Brain Performance Center and host of In Your Head Podcast speaks with Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy & Brain Health at AARP, to talk about staying sharp through the pillars of brain health - social interaction, sleep, proper food, stress management, exercise and mental fitness. Cognitive decline is NOT inevitable, and AARP has free online resources on staying sharp and caregiving to empower everyone to support brain health and help people who have brain injuries and diseases.

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About Sarah Lenz Lock:

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.

From 2007 to June 2018 she directed the Office of Policy Development and Integration, where she led the office responsible for the development of AARP’s public policies.  Previously, Ms. Lock was Senior Attorney/Manager at AARP Foundation Litigation conducting health care impact litigation on behalf of older persons.  She has authored numerous amicus briefs in appellate courts all over the country on health care issues impacting older Americans.

Prior to joining AARP, Sarah served as a Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Sarah began her career as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives to Congressman Michael D. Barnes working with the Federal Government Service Task Force, and worked at the law firm of Arent, Fox, Kintner, Plotkin & Kahn.

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.

Connect with AARP and Sarah Lenz Lock:

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AARP’s new Brain Health Resource Center: aarp.org/BrainHealth

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