News from the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation
February 2022

President's Message
Black History Month & Alzheimer's Prevention

During this month dedicated to Black History, I am reminded about the difference in rates of Alzheimer’s/dementia in various populations. It may be hard to believe, but African Americans have almost twice the chance of developing dementia than White Americans. Hispanic Americans are also at a much higher risk.   

It’s clear that biochemistry is not the cause. Instead, researchers and clinicians reveal that it is healthcare disparities, socioeconomics, and life experience that drive this difference.

The disparities don’t end here: 
  • African Americans are very underrepresented in research studies, which creates significant limitations with treatment options.
  • People of color also experience higher difficulties in obtaining access to care and support services once a diagnosis is made.
  • Black, Hispanic, Asian and Indigenous family caregivers tend to provide more direct care while receiving less support services and facing a lack of cultural competency on the part of healthcare providers. 

This appalling data has been well documented for several years now, and we at ARPF are committed to steering the trend in the opposite direction. 

This month, we are launching ARPF Black Brain Health Initiative by hosting an important webinar called Black Brain Health & Alzheimer’s Disease: What’s Race Got to Do with It? You’ll find information below, and I hope you will join us for this critically important and topical  discussion. 

Together, we can become a moving force for good and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease for all. 

I’ll see you there.

Yours in Brain Health,

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
President / Medical Director
Discover all the exciting activities ARPF has in store by visiting us on the web at:
Education Outreach
Meditate for Your Memory Challenge
You are invited to participate in the Meditate for Your Memory Challenge! We are excited to offer a free, online group meditation practice to jumpstart the upcoming Spring, re-energize you, and improve your focus, attention and memory. 

March is Brain Awareness Week and ARPF's 29th Anniversary– celebrate with us on Monday, March 14 – Sunday, March 20. We will practice the Kirtan Kriya yoga meditation every day for 12 minutes via zoom. Remember– it's free, you just need to register to join.
Upcoming Webinar
ARPF Black Brain Health Initiative
Why are People of Color at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) than others? In this webinar, we will learn the stark reality of why Black and Brown people count for the highest number of diagnoses. We will take the opportunity to become more informed about how racism contributes to the prevalence of AD and other dementias in Black communities.

Date: Thursday, February 24th, 2022
Time: 3 pm PT / 4 pm MT / 5 pm CT / 6 pm ET
Duration: 90 minutes
Guest Speaker: LeTonia A. Jones, MSW
Host: Christopher Walling, PsyD, MBA, C-IAYT 

Community Outreach
San Diego College Presentation by Trudy Russo, MA, BLS
"It has been a pleasure representing ARPF in a course called ‘Alzheimer’s: The Science of Prevention Series’ for San Diego Community College Continuing Education. I gave suggestions and supported participants with ways they could take this new information and create habits to enhance a brain healthy lifestyle. At the end, participants experienced the Kirtan Kriya meditation practice. I’m always thrilled to see that many in the class report a feeling of relaxation. It’s exciting to see their motivation to learn more about brain health. It inspires me to find more places to spread the news about reducing the risk to Alzheimer’s disease.”
– Trudy Russo
Donor Spotlight
Agustin H.
"My father has had Alzheimer's disease (AD) for about 11 years now and the rate it affected him was surprising. He was diagnosed at 58– a pretty young age when we think of AD– and has been in the late stage for the last few years. I want to help provide any support I can to the research of Alzheimer's and dementia so we can better understand the disease.

I hope one day people won’t have to worry about AD and won’t have to know the suffering people with AD and their families go through."
There are no requirements or prerequisites to becoming a Brain Longevity Specialist– this course is for anyone interested in improving brain health and living a long, healthy life. For more information visit
If you’d like to shake things up this year, create a birthday fundraiser for ARPF that everyone can celebrate. Facebook fundraisers are a popular way to give back to a cause you’re passionate about on your special day.
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
January 2022
Thank you for giving ARPF the opportunity to honor your loved ones and your special occasions. Donor list from January.
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
- Le Craven

Executive Staff
SENIOR ADVISOR - Simran S. Stuelpnagel
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ARPF is a Proud Member of:
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 

Kateřina Sheardová, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Memory Center ICRC St. Anne´s University Hospital Brno, Czech Republic
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 Program, Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
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., 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
Michelle Sierpina, Ph.D., Founding Director, UTMB Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 
Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC