The HOPE Academy for Early Intervention

Alzheimer’s disease involves many biologic processes that contribute to disease progression. And not all of it is understood. We do know that the neurodegenerative process can begin 20 to 30 years before symptoms appear. That is why it is important to address cognitive health today.

Hope Philanthropies provides support in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. We specialize in helping individuals take steps early to reduce disease risk or slow cognitive decline.

Through our HOPE or “Helping Others through Personal Engagement” Academy, we give one-on-one telehealth consultations that specifically address cognitive health needs.

The HOPE Academy for Early Intervention is a series of phone or video chat consultations that you have with a healthcare professional. The consultations focus on helping you to take action in the fight against cognitive decline. And all from the comfort and privacy of home. There is no office visit requirement or no need to leave home to receive help.

And it is all science-based. The entire content and program is overseen by healthcare professionals who are expert in understanding the complexities of Alzheimer’s disease.

Here’s how the HOPE Academy works.

  1. After you contact us, and the participant is enrolled, he/she completes an online lifestyle index questionnaire that is used by the dietitian and healthcare coach for your one-on-one consultations.
  2. Upon completion of the questionnaire you will engage in a one-on-one telephone or video chat session with a registered dietitian (who will reach out to schedule your first appointment). During your telephone or video chat session, our dietitian will review your questionnaire and discuss a plan of action to address your specific cognitive health needs. In many cases, a caregiver participates, too.
  3. With your plan in hand, you are paired with a certified healthcare coach who leads you through three one-on-one, remote coaching sessions. Each session is by telephone or video chat and is typically spaced two weeks apart. Through these personalized one-on-one healthcare sessions, you receive the personal help you need to get started on your unique path toward improved cognitive health.

It’s as simple as 1-2-3.

HOPE Academy is administered through ADx Healthcare, a HIPAA-compliant sponsor-partner who helps make HOPE Academy possible. With your tax-deductible contribution, together we can assist someone needing help today.

The HOPE Academy Webinar Series

Early intervention can make a big difference toward reducing Alzheimer’s disease risk. Emerging science suggests there are evidenced-based lifestyle and medical interventions that can have a positive impact on cognitive wellbeing. You can learn more about what’s going on by reading about research initiatives like the FINGERS study and the US POINTER study.

The HOPE Academy Webinar Series is an online, live course that addresses Alzheimer’s disease risk. Our healthcare professionals lead groups through six weekly, hour-long, classes. Each HOPE Academy course is taught in an easy-to-understand format with a question and answer period at the end of each session. The goal is to educate and train you on actionable steps you can take today to mitigate disease risk.

Here’s how it works.

Participants phone in or connect online for each session from the comfort and privacy of home. There is no requirement to meet at a central, physical location. We connect via Zoom and our instructor presents material and leads discussion remotely.The entire program is easy to understand, convenient, and very informative!

Hope Philanthropies can also offer this course to employees in a virtual, office setting. We recommend a “lunch and learn” format. Regardless of your organization’s need, Hope Philanthropies can address the health risks associated with Alzheimer’s disease. We want to help and motivate you and your employees to improve cognitive health right now.

The HOPE Academy Webinar Series covers:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Physical activity
  3. Sleep
  4. Stress management
  5. Neuroplasticity
  6. Social connections

Allison McKeany, MS, RD is the course instructor. She is a Registered Dietitian with extensive experience in both hospital-based inpatient and outpatient dietetics. For the past five years she has focused on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in cognitive health. Allison is a skilled and compassionate presenter and healthcare professional who enjoys working with patients to address specific dietary interventions to address the modifiable risk factors of cognitive decline. She continually strives to make healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors realistic, enjoyable, and sustainable.

We invite your company to join Hope Philanthropies in promoting cognitive wellbeing. Let us provide the education and training your employees need. 

Please email or call 801.403.8043 for more information.

Facilitating Healthcare Answers

Getting scientific advances to the healthcare specialists who need them is a critical step toward advancing healthcare.

Hope Philanthropies works with universities and other organizations to identify and bring affordable healthcare answers to market. We support screening and diagnostic tests and other research findings that will contribute to a standard of care for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Helping individuals recognize the benefits of prevention and wellness is another important part of cognitive health. It helps us maximize our healthspan and quality of life. Actively pursuing good cognitive health is important for everyone and we are here to do what we can to encourage and promote it.

Supporting Research

The good news is that there is significant research underway in the Alzheimer’s disease scientific community. See the National Institutes of Health Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers website. It provides links for studies and trials patients can enroll in. Enrollment in a clinical trial can be an important source of answers for Alzheimer’s.

The Kauwe Lab

Hope Philanthropies supports research of the Kauwe lab at Brigham Young University. Dr. Keoni Kauwe is an internationally recognized leader in Alzheimer’s disease genetics research, and his discoveries are making key contributions to the field.

Did you know there are genetic markers that act as protective genes to prevent Alzheimer’s? RAB10 is one such gene that could pave the way for the development of a therapeutic approach leveraging the potential of gene therapy to treat neurological disorders. Dr. Kauwe’s lab discovered this important breakthrough.

Hope Philanthropies supports genetics research, including the genome-wide sequencing of the Cache County (Utah) Study on Memory in Aging. Dr. Kauwe’s work on this project could lead to treatment options, diagnostic testing breakthroughs, disease prevention, and an increased understanding of the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s.

Please Donate to Dr. Kauwe’s work and make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Or contact Hope Philanthropies for more information.