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LEAP! University of Kansas Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention Program

Dealing with dementia is difficult – LEAP! helps put prevention research into achievable everyday actions

The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center is a leader in Alzheimer’s research and education. The KU ADC is one of just 31 nationally designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers and is made up of two divisions, the Research Division and a separate Memory Care Clinic. Some of the research conducted at the KE ADC includes prevention, treatment, an investigational medication, and lifestyle interventions.

Click here to learn more about the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center Team.

LEAP! Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention Program

LEAP! is one specific program aimed that preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dealing with dementia for those who are either predisposed to getting Alzheimer’s later in life or are facing early-onset symptoms now. This innovative program translates the latest, most innovative Alzheimer’s disease prevention research into actionable recommendations for everyday life. [Source]

Earlier this month, LEAP! hosted a workshop focused on New Year’s resolutions for those dealing with dementia or interested in Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Coach Erin Blocker lead the event which helped participants with successful goal-setting. Goals were centered around brain health and included both short-term and long-term daily actions that supported a healthy lifestyle for those dealing with dementia.

These workshops act as a partnership between the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center and our community. The KU ADC offers a variety of classes, including physical fitness, that all support a brain-healthy lifestyle. It is easy to think of our wellness in terms of weight, blood pressure, calories consumed, or miles walked. However, the health of our brain is impacted by so many factors and can easily be overlooked. The KU ADC aims to help our community consider out brain health in conjunction with our physical health, not in addition to it.

If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s prevention, brain health activities, or smart aging in general, consider participating in a LEAP! event. The next LEAP! workshop will be on Wednesday, May 16th. It will focus on all 6 Alzheimer’s prevention lifestyle factors: social engagement, cognitive engagement, healthy eating, exercise, stress management, and sleep hygiene. Click here to view complete event details.

Taking personal steps to live a healthy lifestyle as we age is essential for brain health and overall wellness. If you are dealing with dementia or are seeing a loved one struggle, consider the local resources available. You are not alone in this journey and there are organizations, education centers, and memory care facilities available to provide the support and services you need.

For more information about memory care services provided by ComfortCare Homes, please call our office at (316) 444-0532.

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