4th Quarter 2016
The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is dedicated to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease by funding research studies and providing educational outreach and memory screenings.
On the Cover:
• President’s Message
• Managing Social Media
• New Certification Program
• What Others Are Saying
• Outreach Update
• ARPF Research Update
• Donor List – Thank You!
• Help ARPF Go Green!
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Randal Brooks, MA, LPC
TREASURER Silvia Serrano, BA, MBA
Kirti K. Khalsa
Edward Steinfeldt, MA
MEDICAL AND SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
Chief Science Officer
George Perry, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor, College of Sciences
University of Texas at San Antonio, TX
Ma Gloria Borras-Boneu, M.D.
GRD Health Institute – Barcelona, Spain
Hiroko H. Dodge, Ph.D.
Kevreson Research Professor of Neurology
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Oregon Health & Science University,
Karen E. Innes, MSPH, Ph.D.
Western Virginia University School of Public Health – Morgantown, WV
Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA
Miia Kivipelto, M.D., Ph.D.
Aging Research Center and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Karolinska Institute – Stockholm, Sweden
Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry UCLA Semel Institute and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital – Los Angeles, CA
Arti Prasad, M.D., FACP
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Executive Director, UNM Center for Life Albuquerque, NM
Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D.
UTMB Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, TX
“The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention” is published
quarterly by the Alzheimer’s
Research & Prevention Foundation
Announcing New Certification in Fitness for Alzheimer’s Prevention
Are you a health-fitness professional looking to expand your practice to reach vulnerable populations at risk for Alzheimer’s disease? If so, check out
our exciting new Certification Course in Fitness for Alzheimer’s Prevention.
This certification program is designed with the busy sports or wellness professional in mind, and can be completed online when it fits into your schedule. The course starts with a five-hour Introduction to Alzheimer’s disease class, covering topics that range from risk factors to prevention and more. The second course, Exercise Prescription for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Intervention, focuses on an evidence based preventive physical exercise program. Both courses provide materials that practitioners can use in working with clients, and employers or patients will be able to easily verify your certification online.
In an age where Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, we welcome you to add this important tool to your wellness and prevention strategies, and help promote your clients’ longevity and wellbeing. Visit itrain.alzheimersprevention.org to find out more!
This course is brought to you by a special partnership between ARPF, Fitness Learning Systems, and the Medical Fitness Network.
What Others Are Saying About ARPF
ARPF’s 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention program brochures have been a wonderful resource for me to utilize in our retirement community and short term rehab. The patients seem very happy to realize that there are ways that they can take control to prevent memory loss. The thought of memory loss/Alzheimer’s is very scary.
The “Brain Aerobics” brochure is great because it provides simple, easy ways to keep the brain active. My patients are often pleasantly surprised at how many of the activities they already complete and others that can be easily incorporated into their daily activities.
Speech Language Pathologist,
West Chester, PA
ARPF joins health “champions” of the Health Improvement Plan of Maricopa County, Arizona
by Le Craven, ARPF Office Manager
This fall, ARPF stepped up to join 100 other health “champion” organizations serving Maricopa County, Arizona, who are dedicated to “impact real-time, critical health issues where we live, where we work, where we learn, and where we seek care”. The Health Improvement Plan for Maricopa County, HIPMC, was launched in 2012 with a firm focus on five public health issues that rose to the top during a lengthy county-wide assessment, namely: Obesity; Diabetes; Lung Cancer; Cardiovascular Disease; and Access to Health Care.
These issues were selected both because of their widespread impact on many citizens in Maricopa, the 4th largest county in the US, and because it was believed significant improvements could be achieved on many levels over the 5-year life of the plan.
ARPF is collaborating with other local nonprofits and government agencies to bring its specific knowledge to their staff and the communities they serve with the goal of helping to address these conditions. Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease are risk factors for dementia and all respond positively to healthy lifestyle choices like those included in ARPF’s 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention Program.
The strength of the 4 Pillars Program is that it easily explains proper prevention strategies to reap benefits for both body and brain health. ARPF’s clinical research shows stress management (Pillar 2) reaps multiple benefits for both body and brain health. For example, as we age or contract a disease like those above, we are less able to handle stress and lower the harmful stress hormone, cortisol, which damages cells in the brain’s memory center. When stress-relaxation techniques are used regularly, benefits include lowered cortisol, improved mental function, improved heart function, reduced anxiety, lessened chronic pain and increased longevity. A huge impact for a modest investment of time!
For a free copy of The Four Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention brochure, or one to share, please go to our website, click on “Store” and “Free Publications.”
ARPF Research Update
We are delighted to share news about two young medical professionals whose enthusiasm for the prevention of Alzheimer’s is already making an impact in the field. Not only are they making significant contributions to this important body of work, but they’re inspiring us with evidence that the team of professionals dedicated to Alzheimer’s prevention is just growing larger, and includes some truly outstanding members of the next generation. During this Thanksgiving season, that’s even more to be grateful for.
Following is some information about these two dedicated professionals:
HARRIS EYRE, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Eyre is a physician and researcher from Melbourne, Australia who recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship at UCLA, under the mentorship of Helen Lavretsky, M.D. This is where he became interested in integrative medicine and yoga as a therapeutic modality. He won the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) 2016 Junior Research Awards as a result of his work on the ARPF-sponsored study on Kirtan Kriya Yoga Meditation for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).
In the study that earned him this honor, researchers looked at the effects of yoga meditation on adults with MCI. They compared the effects of Memory Enhancement Training (MET) to the effects of yoga, and across all outcomes found that yoga provided benefits equal to or greater than MET. Findings included that “verbal memory improvements were equal for yoga and MET at 3 months, but better for yoga at 6 months;” “executive function improvements were greater for yoga than MET at both 3 and 6 months;” and “yoga had greater impact” in terms of lessening the symptoms of depression, as described in Dr. Eyre’s presentation slides. The full findings can be found in the article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 52(2), April 2016.
Harris Eyre, MD is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Adelaide and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University, Australia.
Davina graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington and is now a third-year medical school student who is taking the Complementary and Integrative Medicine elective at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She became so interested in the results of Kirtan Kriya (KK) application that she wrote one of the best written articles on this yoga meditation technique that we have seen to date. Of particular interest in this article is how effective KK is, including how it works better than relaxation alone. The applicability of this yoga to patients, caregivers, and healthcare workers is so exciting. Since activity level and mobility prerequisites are not necessary, KK could prove helpful for so many people, possibly those who could use it most.
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FROM JULY to SEPTEMBER 2016
In Honor Of:
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Lori SmithSheila Jeckell
Lois and Ray Spinola
In Memory Of:
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Marie P. Haney
Robert Gordon Hayes
In memory of my Grandfathers
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