Lakeview Village is proud to be partnering with the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in bringing an Alzheimer’s Disease prevention program to campus. Started in 2012, LEAP! (Lifestyle Enrichment for Alzheimer’s Prevention) seeks to close the gap between Alzheimer’s Disease research findings and action taken by at-risk adults. Namely, preliminary research indicates aerobic exercise may slow the progression of the disease; however, these findings have not previously resulted in increased exercise among seniors.
In order to reach this demographic, LEAP! organizers seek partnerships with Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) like Lakeview Village. Through educational classes and one-on-one coaching, LEAP! hopes to initiate and sustain behavior changes to ultimately delay or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s among participants.
The program lasts 6 months, with hourly educational sessions twice a month.
Each LEAP! class contains five elements:
- Cognitive: science lesson and quiz
- Fitness: options and group activity
- Nutrition: recipes and group taste testing
- Spirit: mindfulness, humor and social activity
- LEAP! Forward: personal goal for the month (review of previous goals)
Another aspect of the LEAP! program at Lakeview Village includes training for our staff. LEAP! facilitators provide education about fitness programs and nutrition. Dietitians are working with Lakeview Village dining services to determine ways Lakeview Village can serve foods that contribute to brain health. In the future, Mediterranean Diet choices will be available at all Lakeview Village restaurants.
- 2 million Americans have Alzheimer ’s Disease in 2008
- One in eight (13%) over 65 have Alzheimer ’s Disease
- Every 71 seconds someone develops Alzheimer ’s Disease
- $148 billion in direct and indirect costs to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses are attributable to Alzheimer’s Disease.
1. KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center