BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Club Fit member Jacqui Bishop recently formed a nonprofit, "Sharp Again Naturally" to educate the public about causes of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Bishop was directly impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, which led to her mother's death in 2010 after 18 years. At that time, even with all the money and time that could have been poured into effective treatment, it was assumed that nothing could be done. Bishop was helpless to make more than a palliative difference for her mother.
Then, in November 2011, she saw footage from an unfinished documentary film that changed — and may even have saved — her life. Two filmmakers had discovered cases of Alzheimer’s being reversed, resolved to make a documentary and traveled across the country filming interviews with researchers, physicians and Alzheimer’s patients who had sharper minds again.
Upon seeing this stunning footage, Bishop and several others from the Westchester Holistic Network decided to help the filmmakers complete the documentary. That day, Sharp Again Naturally was born.
The organization’s web site, www.sharpagain.org, outlines seven causes of dementia, including nutritional factors, hormonal imbalances and stress.
Another cause, which has not been officially added pending additional research, Bishop calls stagnation.
“We are finding many correlations between healthy brain function and activity —intellectual, social/emotional to be sure, but especially physical,” Bishop says.
“As a matter of fact, my mother was an athlete, a swimmer, hiker, and competitive skier, well into her sixties. It was when she could no longer exercise that her functioning went downhill really fast.”
To find out more about Sharp Again or to sign up for an informative newsletter, visit www.sharpagain.org, which contains videos, educational data and links to associated organizations.
To read more about Sharp Naturally and for Bishop's recommendations, visit Club Fit's blog.