Cognitive and Emotional Health Project (CEHP)
Three Institutes, the NIA, the NIMH and the NINDS, have joined efforts to launch a new trans-NIH initiative, Cognitive and Emotional Health Project: The Healthy Brain. There are now about 45 million Americans over age 60 and 117 million over age 40. Current evidence indicates that a large number of them are at substantial risk for cognitive impairment from many causes as they age. The same is true for emotional disorders. While research into biological mechanisms and environmental and social effects are yielding promising results in both animal and human studies, much remains to be discovered. Advances in understanding the positive and negative changes in cognition and emotion in adulthood, and what can be done to preserve and enhance positive outcomes, is at the core of the missions of the participating Institutes. The overall goal of the "Healthy Brain Project" is to assess the state of longitudinal and epidemiological research on demographic, social and biologic determinants of cognitive and emotional health in aging adults and the pathways by which cognitive and emotional health may reciprocally influence each other. To help the NIH learn what epidemiological data exist or are being gathered on the cognitive and emotional health of adult populations in the United States, we are asking you to take a few minutes to answer this questionnaire. The questionnaire is designed for ease of use and brevity of completion. Except for a few items in the first section the questionnaire has a Yes/No response format and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.