News from the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
4th Quarter 2020
Mission Statement: The Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is dedicated to the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease by funding research studies and providing professional training, educational outreach and memory screenings.
In this Issue:
President's Message: F*R*E*E Covid Report and More
Outreach & Education: Yoga for Brain Longevity®
Community Outreach: Maricopa County Health Department
What Others Are Saying: UNM School of Medicine
Donor Spotlight: Mary Eary
Research Update: ARPF Honored to Reveal Our Work in New Textbook
Brain Longevity® Spotlight: Dr. Patricia Cornille, Neal Spungen, Alessia Tanzi
In Memoriam: Conni Ingallina
Donor List – Thank You!
Ever Loved

President's Message
F*R*E*E Covid Report and More

Because I want you to do everything possible to stay healthy and avoid getting sick this winter, I've prepared a special report for you, available at absolutely no charge.

The report is called Improve Your Immune System in Time of COVID-19 and you can download it at this link.
Dr. Dharma
Here at ARPF, we really need your help during this challenging and uncertain time.

We encourage you to please remember us in your year-end donation. We can’t thank you enough. Even $5, $10, or $20 will greatly help.

There are many ways to donate, find out here.

I want you to thrive during the coming months, learn new things, find new ways to engage with your neighbors and be inspired to do good for others.

Moreover, I’m sure that, as we approach the Holidays, we are all reflecting on what a unique and strange year 2020 has been.

Many of our loved ones in senior living, assisted living and nursing homes have been disproportionately exposed to high COVID-19 risk, with some of the most disastrous outcomes. This is especially true for those suffering from Alzheimer’s. 

Additionally, many people have also suffered greatly from the lockdown and isolation. In addition to cases and deaths –which continue to soar as we await the vaccine– anxiety, depression, and fatigue are understandably rampant. 

I would love to hear from you about how the challenges we've faced this year have affected you and your family. If you’d like to share, please feel free to email me at: 

Your ARPF is working relentlessly to provide you with critical information, research on preventing Alzheimer’s, along with resources to enhance your wellbeing on all fronts, like our new special report and upcoming additional monographs and white papers. 

Let’s continue to lift each other up and finish 2020 in high spirits.

From our team at ARPF– we wish you a happy, healthy, stress-free holiday season. 

Yours in Brain Health,
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Founding President / Medical Director

P.S. Please donate to your ARPF. We are all really in this together. Thank you for your support.
Discover all the exciting activities ARPF has in store by visiting us on the web at:

Outreach & Education
Yoga for Brain Longevity®
ARPF CEO Kirti Khalsa presented Yoga for Brain Longevity at a virtual caregiver wellness retreat last October. Caregiver Wellness Retreat for Caregivers of Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias offers techniques to reduce stress, increase patience, and create an at-home self-care practice for families and professional caregivers. Over 300 people registered to participate in the presentations.

Founder Melissa Smith-Wilkinson created the Instant All Access course to share practical personal wellness and stress-relieving tools that become key strategies in building skills to help people thrive in any situation. She believes that self-care, as the caregiver, is essential to physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

Kirti’s presentation was on the neuroscience of yoga. She demonstrated three specific techniques to improve brain power for better memory, concentration, and overall resilience. Melissa said, “Kirti’s segment on yoga and brain health was essential to our weekend. The simplicity of the exercises and the calm which they bring is a testament to how powerful these soothing practices are. And, as a caregiver, to have tools that are easy to do during the course of a busy and stressful day is priceless.” 
One of the movements Kirti presented “Self-Nurturing Break” is a simple technique to reduce stress in your eyes. We are excited to offer a F*R*E*E handout that explains this exercise.
ARPF is happy to support this great non-profit that provides hope and tools for caregivers to stay healthy and in good spirits. – Kirti Khalsa, ARPF CEO

Community Outreach
Maricopa County Health Department Collaborates with ARPF in Virtual Event
The Maricopa County Health Department invited ARPF to present brain health research for their virtual event hosted by Healthy Arizona Worksites. Brain Longevity® in the Workplace: How to Maximize Your Resilience During COVID-19 was organized and led by Brain Longevity Specialists, Teresa Salama and Patricia Cornille OTD, OTR/L, CCEL. It was a great opportunity to share resources to minimize stress, improve brain health, and reduce this year’s onslaught of angst and anxiety. 

The two Brain Longevity Specialists united to provide information and tools to boost mental health during COVID-19. Dr. Cornille spoke about the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease on brain health. She reviewed modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors along with current evidence supporting brain health and the reduction of the risk of developing dementia.
She also discussed ARPF’s 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention®: Diet and Supplements, Stress Management, Exercise, and Spiritual Fitness. Attendees left with strategies to redesign their lifestyles and optimize habits and routines, especially important during COVID-19.

ARPF is grateful to the Maricopa County Health Department for sharing this critical information with its employees. We are also very proud to see our Brain Longevity Specialists making such a direct and valuable impact in their community. For more information on becoming a Brain Longevity Specialist, please visit 

What Others Are Saying
Letter of Recommendation from the UNM School of Medicine 

Donor Spotlight
Mary Eary
Mary Eary was first introduced to ARPF when she was on duty as Secretary to the Commander at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas. Mary served 55 years of federal service which took her from Nebraska, to Missouri, New Mexico, and Kansas. Not only does Mary support ARPF education and research initiatives on a monthly basis, but she also volunteers three days a week to give support to widows, retirees, and those needing assistance with financial and medical insurance. Mary is what we call a modern-day superwoman– a lifetime of graciously serving others.
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the way Federal Employees give back to our community at large, and your ARPF is proud to be an accepted charity of the CFC. This year, the name of the campaign is “Show Some Love” which conveys the supportive spirit of these generous donors. Mary has donated to several causes including heart and cancer foundations. When her mother Affie was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Mary turned her focus to Alzheimer’s prevention to enhance her mother's life as well as her own brain health. Affie lived until she was 97.
With our deepest gratitude, ARPF is honored to receive the generous support of Mary Eary and the Combined Federal Campaign. We all know someone who has been affected by the grueling grip of Alzheimer’s. Your ARPF is striving to help families avoid going through such an ordeal. We cannot thank Mary enough for her consistent support. Her donation ensures that Integrative Medicine research continues to make progress in Alzheimer’s prevention. 

Research Update
ARPF Honored to Reveal Our Work in New Textbook
By Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD

I had the honor to write a chapter on the results of the research of your Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation for the brand-new book Integrative Neurology edited by Ilene S. Ruhoy, MD, PhD and John W. McBurney, MD.

It’s a medical textbook published by the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, founded by the renowned pioneering physician Andrew Weil, MD.

“The Weil Integrative Medicine Library by Oxford University Press has grown out of a need to organize the basic principles of integrative medicine in practical application to common health conditions, and make them accessible to clinicians and patients. Each volume focuses on a particular specialty and features editors and chapter authors that are leaders in their respective fields, many of whom are Center directors and faculty. The text is presented in an easy-to-read format featuring case histories, clinical pearls, sidebars, and useful tables, with key information highlighted.”

Integrative Neurology is the latest addition to this important collection.

My chapter is entitled Mind/Body Medicine and The Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. It reviews the detrimental effects of chronic stress on the brain, and how the research on Kirtan Kriya specifically has shown to limit the toxicity of that stress, improve the structure of the brain and prevent and reverse cognitive decline.

Some of the other contributing authors and their chapters to this textbook are:

  • Karima Bernameur, MD on Nutrition and Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Weili Gray, MD on Sleep Health and Sleep Disorders
  • Hatha Gbedawo, ND on Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Framework for Integrative Pediatric Medicine
  • Alexandra Dimitrova, MD on Acupuncture in Neurological Disorders: An Evidence-Based Overview
  • David Musnick, MD, MPH and Shae Datta, MD on Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
  • Julie Rowin, MD on Neuropathy and Neuropathic Pain

Brain Longevity® Specialist Spotlights
Dr. Patricia Cornille, OTD, OTR/L, CCEL

Dr. Patricia Cornille is a passionate advocate for positive change in dementia care practices and for brain health. In her clinical practice, she provides screening, assessments, prevention education and intervention. She also provides staff and program development for organizations that serve individuals with dementia. Dr. Cornille is also a sought-after speaker for both healthcare providers and the general public on the topics of current evidence and innovative strategies on dementia intervention, prevention and care.

Dr. Cornille lives in Colorado.
Visit her website at 
Neal Spungen

Neal Spungen decided to become a certified Brain Longevity Specialist after seeing the positive impact of Dr. Khalsa's recommendations on his parents. Through his company, Sustain My Brain, Neal coaches clients in effective strategies to significantly reduce their chances of getting dementia by helping them focus on nutrition, exercise, diet, and sleep among other areas. A key focus area is helping clients understand how emerging technologies may help to delay the onset of dementia. He is also a Certified Professional Coach and works with clients internationally. 

Neal lives in Maryland. Visit his website at
Alessia Tanzi

Alessia Tanzi has been exploring the most effective methods to foster awareness, increase leverage, and thrive in life and business. Passionate about human nature, she has been practicing yoga since 1998. Alessia is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher as taught by Yogi Bhajan. She is a Neuro-Trainer (a development of Kinesiology). In 2012, she founded Y-C Yoga Coaching® to spread the value of the teachings and support businesspersons to reach their full potential through Yoga, Meditation, and Neuro-Training®. Alessia graduated from BLTT in 2017 and has been committed to spreading the Brain Longevity® protocol in Italy, certifying new Brain Longevity Specialists and tackling brain decline and its impact on the quality of life.

Alessia lives in Bologna, Italy. Visit her website at

In Memoriam
Conni Ingallina

ARPF mourns the loss of our former Communications Director, Mrs. Conni Ingallina of Phoenix, AZ. Conni served from 2008 until 2014 and was instrumental in growing our outreach activities, establishing countless connections and creating new programs for your ARPF. What she will be remembered the most for, however, is her extraordinary role model as a great human being: unwavering optimism, a kind word for
everyone, and a smile that lights up the room.

Conni pictured working at our Memory Screening Booth at 2014 AARP Convention.
If you’d like to shake things up this year, create a birthday fundraiser for ARPF that everyone can celebrate. Creating a Facebook birthday fundraiser is a popular way to give back to a cause you’re passionate about on your special day. Facebook makes it easy– all you have to do is invite friends and family members to donate to your ARPF fundraiser. Friends from around the globe can take part– it's quick and simple with no exchange rates or banks necessary. If you are interested in holding a fundraiser to support AD prevention, education, outreach or our research initiatives, please contact
Do you buy or sell on Ebay? You can easily round up your purchase or donate a portion of your sale to ARPF! Just follow the prompts and look for “Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.”

In Memory/ In Honor Donors
July to September, 2020
Thank you for giving ARPF the opportunity to honor your loved ones and your special occasions. Donor list from July to September 2020.
Your ARPF is honored to be a part of Ever Loved’s memorial website. This is a beautiful way to celebrate a loved one’s life in an elegant, community-oriented memorial fund. Ever Loved makes funeral planning and connecting with providers, friends, and family as simple as possible.

If you would like to leave a legacy for your loved one through supporting ARPF research and initiatives, please visit our page. We are so thankful to those who wish to include ARPF during such a sensitive time. We will continue to make strides in Alzheimer’s prevention in memory of all those who have been afflicted by dementia. We are forever grateful.
Officers and Board Members
TREASURER - Bert Beatty, MHA
SECRETARY - Kirti K. Khalsa 
MEMBERS - Fletcher Wilkins, BS
-Edward Gellert, BSM

Executive Staff
SENIOR ADVISOR - Simran S. Stuelpnagel
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Medical and Scientific Advisory Council
George Perry, Ph.D., Professor of Biology & Chemistry, Chief Scientist, Brain Health Consortium University of Texas at San Antonio, TX 
Daniel Amen, M.D., Director of the Amen Clinics, Costa Mesa, CA
Ma Gloria Borras-Boneu, M.D., GRD Health Institute - Barcelona, Spain
Hiroko Dodge, Ph.D., Kevreson Research Professor of Neurology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Oregon Health & Science University
Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D., Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Neurology Boston University, School of Medicine, Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Boston, MA
Elissa Epel, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Annie Fenn, M.D., Women’s health specialist & Founder of Brain Health Kitchen, Jackson Hole, WY
Karen E. Innes, MSPH, Ph.D.,Professor of Epidemiology, Western Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, WV
Richard S. Isaacson, M.D., Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA
Tejinder Kaur Khalsa, M.D., M.S., FRCP, Senior Associate Consultant, General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
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 of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at University of Miami, FL
Helen Lavretsky, M.D., M.S., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCLA Semel Institute and Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital- Los Angeles, CA
Lisa Mosconi, Ph.D., Associate Director, Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
Andrew B. Newberg, M.D., Director, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health –Myrna Brind Center Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Arti Prasad, M.D., FACP, Chief of Medicine, Hennepin Medical Ctr Professor/Vice Chair of Medicine, University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN
Kateřina Sheardová, M.D., Head of the Memory Center ICRC St. Anne´s University Hospital Brno, Czech Republic
Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D., Founding Director, UTMB Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX