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Lifestyle Empowerment for Alzheimer's Prevention (LEAP!)

Equip yourself with practical strategies that boost your brain health and reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease.

LEAP logoWe've scoured the research (and conducted our own) to give you the best, most up-to-date science-based recommendations for brain health.

Our Lifestyle Empowerment for Alzheimer's Prevention (LEAP!) program translates the latest Alzheimer's disease prevention research into actionable recommendations for everyday life.

Lifestyle Factors

These key lifestyle factors can influence your risk for Alzheimer's disease. 

Physical activity and exercise

Stay active and exercise regularly. Aerobic, strength, flexibility, and balance exercises are important.

Nutrition

Nourish your brain with a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in whole foods like veggies, fruits, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Social engagement

Stay connected with family and friends.

Cognitive engagement

Keep your mind active and challenged. Learn new things and practice new skills.

Stress management

Practice relaxation techniques and take care of yourself to minimize the effects of chronic stress on your brain health.

Sleep

Practice good sleep hygiene to protect your brain.

Even small changes can make a difference, so get started with your brain-healthy lifestyle today! 

Simple Steps to a Healthier Brain Booklet

In this booklet, created by experts at the KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, you'll learn which key lifestyle factors influence brain health - and small changes you can make in each area to support your brain. Click the button below to sign up and receive the booklet link in your inbox.

SIMPLE STEPS TO A HEALTHIER BRAIN

About Our Classes

To protect the health and safety of our staff and visitors, all LEAP! offerings are currently being held exclusively online. We currently offer two free online courses, our six-week Brain Health Boot Camp course, and our four-week Mediterranean Diet course. 

Mediterranean Diet Course

The Mediterranean diet is associated with reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and slowed cognitive decline. In this four-week course, registered dietitian Rachel Sandoval will cover all the details of this brain-healthy eating pattern and provide plenty of easy cooking tips and tricks. This course includes weekly Zoom classes as well as lots of tasty recipes!

This course begins on March 11, 2024. Interactive Zoom classes will take place on Mondays at 1 pm. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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Mediterranean Diet Course: IN-PERSON

An in-person version of the Mediterranean diet course. We’ll meet once a week at the Clinical Research Center in Fairway, Kansas to discuss the keys to brain-healthy eating. We’ll also provide recipes and cheatsheets for you to take home!

This course begins on April 4, 2024. Classes will take place on Thursdays at 10:00 am. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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Brain Health Boot Camp

A free, six-week online course covering the fundamentals of a brain-healthy lifestyle. We'll explore nutrition, sleep, exercise, and more! This course features weekly interactive Zoom classes, bonus video lessons, and dozens of additional resources, including cheat sheets and goal-setting ideas.   

The next Brain Health Boot Camp begins April 16, 2024. Interactive Zoom classes will take place on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. Click here to learn more and sign up.

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KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

KU Clinical Research Center
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Mailstop 6002
Fairway, KS 66205
913-588-0555
Email: kuadrc@kumc.edu