Nonprofit Spotlight: Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation

For this week’s Nonprofit Spotlight, we are thrilled to introduce the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARFP) was founded by Dr. Dharma S. Khalsa in 1993. Dr. Khalsa became the first physician to advocate a lifestyle approach to the prevention and treatment of memory loss. He is among the world’s leading authorities on integrative medicine, and has written extensively on a wide range of health and healing issues.

For the past 25 years, ARPF has funded integrative and holistic medicine research around the globe. Currently, ARPF supports several ongoing studies, one of them being the renowned FINGER study. This is the largest and longest ongoing lifestyle intervention trial in the world.

ARPF also provides educational training, outreach and memory screenings. This includes information on the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention, Kirtan Kriya yoga meditation classes, and their newest program: Brain Longevity Therapy Training. This course trains healthcare professionals who work with at-risk older adults. It helps people of all ages and backgrounds improve their brain function through this certified training. The course is necessary because soon there will be 6 million Americans with Alzheimer’s– unless something is done now. ARPF wants to share their research and clinical results on preventing dementia, so that others can bring these tools to their communities and become part of the movement to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss and cognitive disability.

Here is a first hand story of the work the ARFP does

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) has provided free memory screenings for the past 25 years in an effort to recognize the early signs of cognitive decline. Del of Tucson, Arizona completed her screening and has written the following about the experience:

“I have actually known about Memory Screening Day for several years and even volunteered one year.  But this year my husband and I decided to come and do it ourselves to have a baseline done. We forget things now and again and we thought it would be good to have a baseline of our memory health.

When we arrived at the Jewish Community Center, we were very pleased to note all of the vendor tables with information for seniors which gave us some very good information, especially the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation’s table.  I also felt it was a very good setting for this event.

We had no idea what to expect.  It was very simple, we registered, and then we each sat down with a social worker who asked us several questions.  I was surprised how short it was. Then they gave us a patient form to give to our physician that gave the results of my memory test.  I didn’t know I would get that and I was very pleased to receive it. That was something new for me.

My husband and I took these forms to our physicians (2 separate doctors) and they both said the same thing “we’re very happy to have this information – it may seem like a short test to you, but it gives us a baseline and if you start to have a problem in the future, we can look back and see that on this date you were able to answer these questions and received this grade.”  In fact, the nurse practitioner told my husband that if a person comes in and the score is a certain number, then they know it’s time to take the next step with them. She felt it was a very valuable tool. I was happy to have it for my own peace of mind, but to have our physicians happy to have it too, well that made it even better.

One thing I noticed the other times I went as well – there seems to be 2 very different groups that go to the Memory Screening Day, those that are getting baselines, like me and my husband, and those that are well along into the forgetting stage.  They were there to be reassured. It seems to me this is a valuable tool for people to have a baseline to help the physicians monitor their patients and help people like me.

Thank you to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation for making the Memory Screening Day possible in Tucson.”

ARPF provides an alternative to the conventional, “magic bullet” drug approach. They believe that you can help yourself, right now, by utilizing a holistic or integrative medical approach, based on the lifestyle tools they advocate. Modern medical research reveals that all of the aspects of the ARPF’s Four Pillars of Prevention Plan, including physical and mental exercise, especially when used together, help build a healthier and stronger brain and memory.

For more information, visit alzheimersprevention.org.

You can support the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation today with DoTopia!

Simply login (or create a free personal giving account) and search for “alzheimers research and prevention foundation”. You can complete a one time donation or set up a recurring donation to help the ARPF. Every gift matters.

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