ARPF Includes Yoga, Meditation in New Brain Therapy Training Program to Prevent Alzheimer’s

ARPF Includes Yoga, Meditation in New Brain Therapy Training Program to Prevent Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) will launch a new Brain Longevity Therapy Training Program to educate wellness and healthcare workers on the four pillars of Alzheimer’s disease prevention: diet, stress management, exercise and spiritual fitness.

The spiritual fitness segment focuses on yoga and meditation techniques, specifically the application of “Kirtan Kriya,” a yoga meditation exercise used to support brain longevity. Kirtan Kriya exercise uses the power of primal sounds – everyday, reflexive, emotionally motivated sounds that all humans make from birth such as sighing, whimpering, crying out and yelling — and is meant to improve attention, concentration, focus, short-term memory and mood.

The program takes place Oct. 19-22 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, and follows a set of conclusions drawn at the last Alzheimer’s Association International Conference about the need for more preventive approaches. Registration costs anywhere from $684 to $999 depending on when a participant signs up.

Those wishing to practice ahead of the program can find Kirtan Kriya Yoga singing exercise instructions here.

“The science behind this course has shown in our research at UCLA that yoga and Kirtan Kriya helped reduce depression, improve mental health and cognitive functioning, as well as reverse cellular aging and inflammation, and provide brain fitness effects in stressed dementia caregivers when compared to relaxation while listening to music,” Dr. Helen Lavretsky, a psychiatry professor at UCLA, said in a press release. “Research also found positive effects of Kundalini yoga practice on mood, memory and executive function, and brain connectivity in older adults with mild cognitive impairment compared to memory training.”

ARPF founders Dharma S. Khalsa and Kirti Khalsa will conduct the training, along with Lavretsky and clinical psychologist Chris Walling, who is president of the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy.

The program is designed as a multi-module system of training, so that topics and materials can be used individually as well. Each module has a certain amount of accredited continuing education units, allowing students more flexibility as they become better acquainted with the field of longevity medicine.

3 comments

  1. Peter says:

    How about a program that may actually help stressed Care givers and demention patients with actual day to day issues, rather than wimpering and primal scream. Most care givers are aleady taxed financially 700.00 t0 1000.00 for a session to learn what seems to be a 60s theraputic revival seems sad.

    • On behalf of the ARPF, supporting caregivers is one of our top priorities. Most of us are or have been care partners of a loved one at one point or another. Not only is it very expensive, but caregivers bear a tremendous physical and emotional toll.
      As we learned last week from the Int’l Alzheimer’s Conference, at least one third of cases are preventable.
      That’s why we are so dedicated to funding prevention research – to save at least some families from this terrible and devastating disease.

      This Brain Longevity Therapy Training is a particular program designed for professionals and those who work with older adults, including caregivers, to increase their knowledge and effectiveness and therefore participate in the prevention efforts.
      The ARPF also offers extensive free educational opportunities throughout the year to the public, and our research studies are open to anyone through the research sites that we fund. All research participants, in addition, receive a small compensation for their time.

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