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
• Presentation by Lori La Bey
• What Others Are Saying
• ARPF Outreach Update
• ARPF Research Update
• Donor List – Thank You!
• Community Outreach
• Keep in Touch!
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Randal Brooks, MA, LPC
Carolyn S. Sechler, CPA
Kirti K. Khalsa
The Professional Image
Tryn Rose Seley
SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COUNCIL
Ma Gloria Borras-Boneu, M.D.
GRD Health Institute – Barcelona, Spain
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
Karen Koffler, M.D.
Medical Director, Canyon Ranch Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL
Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry UCLA Semel Institute and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital – Los Angeles, CA
Roberta A. Lee, M.D.
Vice Chair, Department of Integrative Medicine Beth Israel Medical Center – New York, NY
George Perry, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor, College of Sciences University of Texas at San Antonio – San Antonio, TX
Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D.
UTMB Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, TX
Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.
Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Division Taub Institute for the Study of Alzheimer’s disease and the Aging Brain Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons – New York, NY
“What a delightful profile of two intriguing people!! It’s proof positive that relationships do not need to be limited by similarities in age and family relationships. I’m certain that many people, including some of my friends and family, will enjoy this ‘favorite senior’ story.”
Carolyn Lucz, ARPF Board Member
Robert Froelich, M.D.
by Conni Ingallina, ARPF Communications Director
It’s spring! My favorite time of the year – with everything budding, new life everywhere and a sense of expectancy in the air. Here at The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, we have been busy with lots of things, including participating in a very well-received senior expo, Tele-seminar, conference workshop, and memory screening. Two of these participating events spread the word about Brain Awareness Week, March 10-16, 2014.
Scottsdale “All Things Senior Expo,” February 26, 2014 – This annual expo in Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the largest in the state of Arizona, and attracts thousands of people to learn about all kinds of senior resources. The ARPF was fortunate to have a prime location and attracted many to hear how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and learn about our research and educational offerings. Thank you to volunteer Erich Sweet, RN, and staff member Laney Townsend for their hard work at this event.
ARPF Tele-seminar, March 6, 2014 – The first Tele-seminar of 2014 was entitled “The Power of Medical Yoga in Creating Optimal Health,” with guest speaker Linda Stern Lang, Yoga Therapist. This Tele-seminar discussed the main benefits of a yoga practice, the differences between medical and therapeutic yoga, and how to take your yoga practice to a new level. This free Tele-seminar was very popular with over 300 registrations. Thank you to Linda for sharing her fantastic knowledge and passion.
American Society on Aging, March 13–16, 2014 – This 4-day event was held in San Diego, California, and featured a workshop co-presented by ARPF COO Kirti Khalsa and Brain Based Solutions Ruth Curran, MS, called “Reducing Caregiver Stress 3 Minutes at a Time.” This workshop presented quick, effective methods to reduce stress, and energize through meditation, yoga, guided relaxation, and a variety of practices that fit into the lives of busy people. The event was very well-received by the attendees.
Memory Screening, March 15-16, 2014 – In conjunction with Tucson’s Festival of Books in Tucson, Arizona, not only were we able to increase awareness about the work of the ARPF during the 2-day event, we were also happy to offer free memory screenings to help individuals discuss their concerns about cognitive function, and reduce the stigma about this widespread concern. It was rewarding to see so many people take advantage of this opportunity. Special thanks to our wonderful staff and volunteers: Valerie Powors, Liz Christensen, MA, LPC, and Linda Sharp, M.Ed.
Did you participate in an event to strengthen brain health, or tell others about Alzheimer’s prevention this spring? Tell us about it. We love to hear your stories.
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ARPF Research Update
We are delighted to feature the details of the ongoing study, titled:
Promoting Virtual Balance Exercise to Prevent Falls and Improve Cognition in Older Adults
The Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) and the Arizona Center on Aging, within the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been awarded a prestigious foundation grant from the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation to perform an innovative pilot study on fall prevention and cognitive performance in residents living at Villa Hermosa Senior Living Center in Tucson.
At least 30% of persons aged 65 years and older experience one or more falls each year, and this percentage increases to 40% after the age of 75. Falls are a major health problem in older adults, causing fall-related sequelae such as fractures, head injuries, and post-fall anxiety.
Major fall risk factors are reduced gait and balance performance. More recently, attention-demanding tasks such as talking while walking have been identified to amplify gait and balance problems in older adults. Deficits in simultaneous processing of two tasks, otherwise known as “dual-tasking,” have been identified as a strong predictor of future falls. This tells us that reduced balance and gait difficulties may indicate the beginning of impaired brain function. Balance training may help to improve both balance and attention, thereby improving dualtask performance.
Study co-principal investigator, Dr. Michael Schwenk, said, “This generous grant from the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation will help us to evaluate an innovative virtual reality-based balance training intervention for reducing the risk of falling in older adults. What we learn can be translated to older adults living in the home and community to help them remain independent, fall-free, and with optimal cognition.
The virtual reality-based exercise training has been developed by biomedical engineers (Dr. Gurtej Singh Grewal and Dr. Bijan Najafi) at iCAMP, and involves specific balance tasks with lower-extremity joint position feedback using wearable sensors. Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, helped design the study. Professor Jane Mohler from The Arizona Center on Aging, an expert in the field of Geriatrics, acts as scientific advisor for this innovative study.
If you would like more information on any of these studies, please contact Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., ARPF Medical Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU to Our Generous Donors
FEBRUARY – MARCH 2014
|Donations Made In Memory of/Honor of:|
Jonathan M. Casetta
Foteni T. Tiffany
|Judith M. Hazard
Mary Ann Gurnack
Valerie B. Yokie
Dr. Dimitri Kececioglu
Ruthanna and Frank Massari
Timothy & Judy Early
Lena Marie Parrish
Jean K. Whalen
Mary Kay Buffington
Nichole L. Mataisz
Laura S. Beaton
Jennifer M. Biber
Courtney B. Boscoe
Mary M. Eary
Arlene A. Fidalgo
Gary Neal Goldstein
Mary A. Hunter
|Katherine J. Kerchner
Sat Kartar Kaur Khalsa
Jonathan B. Price
Joseph M. Robbins
Marie S. Robinson
Gordon L. Storrings
Grace R. Sym
David P. Tapscott
Nicole M. Valdez
|In-Kind Donations||Workplace Campaigns
(ARPF is a proud participant in the following workplace campaigns)
Puzzles to Remember, Inc.
Bank of America
|JP Morgan Chase
On April 9th, “Arizona Gives Day,” we received $1,100 in donations from two dozen donors! Thank you so much for your support of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Please donate any time at www.alzheimersprevention.org
|As part of our commitment to helping individuals maximize brain health and function, regardless of age or stage of life, the ARPF participates in education and advocacy activities across the U.S. and around the world. Please join us!
April 24, 2014
Presentation at the Texas Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference in Waco, TX.
April 25, 2014
Resource table at the Faith Communities and Mental Illness Conference in Tucson, AZ.
May Mother’s Day Contest:
Share your favorite Mother story and picture at contest@alzheimers prevention.org. Great prizes for all those who participate!
|May 5, 2014
Exhibit booth at Born To Thrive Women’s Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
May 8, 2014
Tele-seminar: Nutrition and Your Brain: The Latest Discovery. Guest Speaker: David Perlmutter, M.D. Renowned neurologist
and author of Grain Brain. Register at www.alzheimersprevention.org/events.
May 13, 2014
Exhibitor booth at the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Miami, FL.
June Father’s Day Contest:
Share your favorite Father story and picture at contest@alzheimers prevention.org. Great prizes for all
those who participate!
|June 5-8, 2014
Exhibitor booth at the Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research in Austin, TX.
July 12-17, 2014
Poster Presentation at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Stay tuned for more events in the second half of 2013.
Please check our website at www.alzheimersprevention.org/events for dates and topics for frequent Tele-seminars.
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