Empower Your Brain for Optimal Aging

 In General

As providers, we know that as we age, concerns about memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease become increasingly relevant. This is especially important for women who bear the brunt of the Alzheimer’s epidemic, both as caregivers and as they make up almost 2/3 of all Alzheimer’s diagnoses.

Fortunately, there are proactive steps we can take to prevent or delay cognitive decline, and lifestyle factors play a crucial role in this endeavor. If you are looking for expert insights on Alzheimer’s prevention, mark your calendar for the 30 Years of Alzheimer’s Prevention Conference on September 30 – October 1, 2023.

Why 30 years? Because the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is celebrating its 30th anniversary of advocacy, education, and research this year!

Besides other year-long educational programs, we are offering this milestone Conference as a unique and empowering event, featuring renowned speakers who will share their state-of-the-art knowledge on lifestyle factors for Alzheimer’s prevention.

On Saturday, we will hear from our keynote speaker Karen Koffler, MD, functional medicine specialist and professor of Integrative Medicine at the Osher Center, University of Miami, FL. Dr. Koffler has extensive experience in working with women (and men) of all ages and offers an incredibly well-rounded vision of optimal aging.

We will hear from Dale Atkins, PhD, from New York City, about how to best navigate the challenges of change with a holistic perspective.

Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD, is the director of the Center for Innovation in Brain Science at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Brinton is a leading neuroscientist in the field of Alzheimer’s, the aging female brain, and regenerative therapeutics. She will present about changes in women’s brains over the lifespan.

Lisa L. Barnes, PhD, is professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine and a cognitive neuropsychologist within the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and will speak about the health disparities in chronic diseases of aging, cognitive decline, and risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.

On Saturday afternoon, we will have 2 priceless interactive sessions:

One on The Caregiving Perspective, led by Larry Grines, who was a dedicated caregiver to his dear mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s (if you are on Facebook, you probably know Ms. Norma).

The other one is on Effective Physical Exercises to Improve Cognition, led by ARPF faculty Carol Hahn, RN.

On Sunday, we will begin with another absolutely outstanding presentation by the top researcher in this field, Andrew B. Newberg, MD, director of research at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health and a physician at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. We will discuss an emerging aspect of Alzheimer’s prevention: how spirituality impacts brain health.

In the second session of the half-day program, we will learn from Allan Anderson, MD and Dev Ashish, PhD, of Banner Institute in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ, about their ongoing work on the most effective brain exercises for MCI and dementia.

Finally, we will hear from ARPF Vice President of Education and Outreach, Chris Walling, PsyD, and Associate Professor of Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies on integrating all these tools into our practice, whether you’re an allied healthcare provider, yoga teacher/therapist, medical professional or caregiver – Dr. Walling will work to ensure you feel prepared to share these life-saving strategies in Alzheimer’s prevention with both your clients and community.

One of the particular aspects of the conference is that there will be ample time for Q&A so that all your questions will be answered.

As a special celebration, we will also come together on Saturday evening for the Awards Reception, which will be held at the stunning Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale. It will be fun and we can’t wait to host you there.

As you can see, one of the key reasons to attend this conference is the opportunity to learn from experts who specialize in Alzheimer’s prevention and have a wealth of knowledge in the field. These speakers are all renowned in their respective areas of expertise, including neuroscience, geriatrics, risk factors, mental health, exercise, caregiving, meditation, and spirituality. They will provide cutting-edge insights on the latest research and evidence-based strategies for Alzheimer’s prevention, with a special focus on lifestyle factors that are particularly relevant for women.

As shared above, women are affected more than men by Alzheimer’s, and understanding the unique risk factors, challenges, and preventive strategies for women is critical in the fight against Alzheimer’s. By attending this conference, you will gain valuable insights into gender-specific approaches to Alzheimer’s prevention, empowering you with knowledge and tools to make informed recommendations about your patients’ brain health and take proactive steps towards reducing their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

This beautiful conference is a unique event that brings together a community of providers who share a common interest in Alzheimer’s prevention and also offers a platform for networking, connecting, and learning from like-minded individuals who are also passionate about helping their community maintain brain health and preventing cognitive decline. You will have the opportunity to engage in discussions, ask questions, and exchange ideas with experts and fellow attendees, taking part in a supportive and empowering environment that fosters learning and growth.

The 30 Years of Alzheimer’s Prevention Conference on September 30 – October 1, 2023, is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone interested in Alzheimer’s prevention, especially in women.

Yours in Brain Health,

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
ARPF President / Medical Director
Prevention Editor, Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

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