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Brain Health

With more than 46 million Americans over the age of 65, postoperative delirium is a major public health issue in this vulnerable population.

In 2015, then-ASA President Daniel J. Cole, M.D., proposed a new patient safety initiative — the Brain Health Initiative — to engage a multidisciplinary group to work with providers, payers and the public to create a low-barrier access program to minimize the impact of pre-existing cognitive deficits, and optimize the cognitive recovery and perioperative experience for adults 65 years and older undergoing surgery.

Promoting brain health for older adults around the time of surgery.