Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention


Author: Dharma Singh Khalsa MD (Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation)


Join the fight to save the brain! Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Fitness has been shown through research to be instrumental in prevention. As the world population continues to grow and live longer, the occurrence of  cognitive decline, dementia, and fatal Alzheimer’s disease are becoming more prevalent. This creates issues that significantly impact quality of life, health care systems, and the economy of many countries. This power certificate program prepares you to provide valuable intervention for clients with the disease, and to help others prevent and delay cognitive decline.

Education Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: NAFC Personal Training Certification, or NAFC Group Fitness Instructor Certification, or a College Degree in the Fitness Field, or an approved Equivalent.

Target Audience: Health-Fitness Professionals, Allied Health and Medical Professionals.


Course Information

Course Content:

·         Course 1: Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease (Online Interactive Course  5 Hours) 

·         Course 2: Exercise Prescription for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Intervention (Online Interactive Course  6 Hours)

Time to Complete: 18 Months to complete Examination Process

Course Access: Continued access with updates available

Course Objectives: Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the statistics for Alzheimer’s disease, and the social, economic, and care partner impacts.
  2. Discuss statistics and demands for care partners, including tips to overcome 8 obstacles that may be encountered in the care giving process.
  3. Identify 8 parts of the brain and describe the basic function of each part.
  4. Define 4 terms related to cognitive decline: dementia, subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease.
  5. Explain 7 potential causes that may contribute to cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
  6. Identify 8 risk factors for cognitive decline.
  7. Explain 4 ways to reduce risk factors to optimize brain health.
  8. Identify the symptoms for cognitive decline using the 3 stage model.
  9. Describe how subjective cognitive decline, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease are diagnosed.
  10. Identify the stages of disease using the seven stage model.
  11. Explain 3 current medical approaches used for Alzheimer’s disease.
  12. Identify 2 studies supporting an integrative medical approach to preventing and treating dementia and related disease.
  13. Describe The 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention.
  14. Explain how to use brain aerobics and the practice of Kirtan Kriya as preventive mental exercise.

Course Objectives: Exercise Prescription for Alzheimer’s Prevention and Intervention

After completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss cognitive decline, statistics for dementia and Alzheimer’s, and identify 4 definitions related to cognitive decline.
  2. Describe 8 risk factors that may lead to cognitive decline.
  3. Identify the 7 stage Alzheimer’s Disease Progression Model.
  4. Discuss the evidence-based research related to exercise and cognitive decline.
  5. Explain exercise prescription for brain health.
  6. Identify 3 levels of exercise intervention and describe exercise guidelines for prevention and intervention of cognitive decline.
  7. Discuss 5 exercise guidelines for prevention and intervention for cognitive decline.
  8. Describe safe exercise prescription practice for clients with concurrent chronic diseases.
  9. Discuss 3 exercise considerations when working with clients with cognitive decline.
  10. Explain how to safely and effectively implement exercises and exercise programs for clients with cognitive decline based on the 5 sample programs provided in this course.

CEC Values

Continuing Education credit is included in the price of this Power Certificate Program. Successful completion of 2 courses and course quizzes is required to receive continuing education for each course and to be awarded the Certificate of completion.

The 2 courses together are approved for the following CE credit: