The Nerdery - Overnight Website Challenge

Phoenix 2017, January 21-22

Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)

Paired with Buddhist Panda Posse

The ARPF was founded in 1993 with the mission of doing research on holistic/integrative medicine and prove that your lifestyle has an impact to the aging of the brain. Therefore, if that is true, then we can develop tools to stay mentally sharp as we age and prevent memory loss and Alzheimer's.

This new idea wasn't well received at the beginning, because hardly anyone knew what Alzheimer's was. After 2000, however, things changed and we received more funding and attention. To-date, we have funded 8 research studies and published 26 breakthrough papers on the impact of lifestyle and stress management on memory and overall brain health. Yippie!

What new functionality we are looking for

Our current website dates back to 2011-2012. We would like to have a new, more modern look and more interactive opportunities with our audience, for example, quizzes. We operate on Drupal for the website, and work with DonorPerfect for database, DonorShops for our shopping cart/donation platform, Constant Contact for email marketing, as well as FB and Twitter.

It would be wonderful to also have a better developed FB page... we haven't been able to take full advantage of FB platform yet.

How the new functionality will help

Everyone wants to look at something modern. Looking old is a not a good sign for a non-profit, if we want to attract more donors, more volunteers, and more general support. Also, by having some interactive features, like quizzes or others, it makes it more appealing and exciting for the public.

How our organization will use the technology

We would get more engagement from our audience, which would generate more traffic: emails, calls, Likes, donations. In short, it would help us take our work a notch higher. In addition, it would be an amazing opportunity for us, and give us a great boost of confidence to receive your support!

Who will use the technology

Everyone will use and benefit from it:

the public will find it more user-friendly, modern and appealing

our staff will use it to refer people to it, and

our executives will find it easier to edit, make updates, keep it interesting

Before & After Snapshots

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25 Messages from Supporters

2016-12-06 17:06:45 UTC

ARPF is helping spread the important message that Alzheimer's disease can be prevented by following the 4 Pillars of Prevention. A new website would be great to help make their message more clear and accessible -- the more people that learn about the importance of these healthy lifestyle choices, the better.

2016-12-07 01:45:14 UTC
Ivan Castillo

I believe this practice is extremely beneficial for people suffering from any time of brain trauma or nerve damage. Meditative practices such as Kirtan Kriya stimulate the nerves and corespondent area of the brain responsible for many of the bodies vital functions specifically by stimulating the area of the brain that deals with memory and enhancing the functioning or the pineal gland. It is also beneficial for creating new patterns of neurological movement to fingers.

2016-12-07 10:55:18 UTC

I've experienced the mind-clearing effects of personally practicing kirtan kriya, plus as a yoga therapist I have happily witnessed a success story in my work with a client with traumatic brain injury. This young woman had plateaued in her recovery efforts in physical therapy when she first began working with me. We started practicing kirtan kriya together weekly for 12 minutes each time, and she went from walking slowly with a walker, to using a cane, to walking without assistance...all over the course of about 4 months. Her mental acuity improved, her anxiety eased, and her insomnia disappeared. The work of the ARPF was instrumental in allowing me to use this technique in a medical center setting, and I am able to share their research with my colleagues to help bring yoga and meditation into the health care world where it is so needed.

2016-12-07 02:15:35 UTC
Chels E.

ARPF is not only doing wonderful research, they are having breakthroughs across the board. Because their work is relatively new and ongoing, not many know of the benefits of Kirtan Kriya. For this exact reason their message must get out to a larger audience– and The Nerdery can help with just that.

Their work is both life changing and life saving. It will take time for most people to accept that there are ways of healing that do not come from a pharmacy. We have the necessary tools to prevent Alzheimer's we just need the right leaders, and a louder voice.

Following the 4 Pillars of Prevention has benefitted my life and the lives of hundreds more. I am excited to see when hundreds of thousands of people across the world are educated with these resources and living greater, healthier lives.

2016-12-07 03:32:03 UTC

I am very grateful to APRF for all what they do! Their research on Alzheimer's prevention using the 4 Pillars is very easy to follow and very inspirational. An upgrade in their website would mean that more people would have access to this information that can help transform the stigmas of Alzheimer's and misconceptions of mainstream dementia prevention.

2016-12-07 12:23:59 UTC
Margo G.

Dear Nerds,

Selecting APRF for your competition would be a win for us all. They are on to something great, and I've witnessed it myself. Since starting their program, my husband has been more of himself AND he has been a kinder man. The yoga he practices helps keep his mind in tact, but it is also therapy for him. He is less stressed and more easy going. The 4 Pillars should truly be practiced by everyone, no matter their condition.

So many lives can be touched if APRF can educate the people. They are not trying to do the impossible here. With the right tools they can help keep families together and improve the wellbeing of all who take part. We've already lost so many to Alzheimer's and with The Nerdery and APRF together... what a difference. Just think, we could still be listening to new Etta James hit singles.

Anyways, big thanks to both The Nerdery and APRF for helping others in their time of need.


2016-12-07 15:59:36 UTC

ARPF is the rare organization that merges Western and Eastern teachings on a professional level with solid research. This is the kind of work and information that is needed to bring health and healing to a new level by introducing new ways that work in these times. A good website is crucial in getting the information to everyone who needs it, and would help many and improve the lives of many. I know because I use the teachings and have seen them applied - they work!

2016-12-07 17:35:44 UTC
Dr. Dharma, ARPF President

I believe we have a tremendous message of hope for the 10+ millions of people at risk for Alzheimer's. This message is based on scientific research and is about tools you can use right now in your daily life to help you reduce your odds of developing this disease.

A new website with improved navigation and SEO would help us reach and educate more people, and in fact, help us achieve our mission.

2016-12-07 18:49:54 UTC
Julia D'Ippolito

The research and the message ARPF is providing is extremely innovative and essential to our time, yet the website does not necessarily reflect this. Not only is this information important for Alzheimer's prevention, but these types of alternative ideas can be applied to many other diseases that effect our population today. It will be fantastic to have the Nerdery redesign it, making it more user-friendly and easily appeal to all audiences.It will be such a gift and make a huge difference for so many people to have this information more easily accessible.

2016-12-07 20:24:37 UTC
Stacie Dooreck

I am so impressed how the ARPF is helping spread the important message that Alzheimer's disease can be prevented by following the lifestyle behaviors as noted in their 4 Pillars of Prevention. A new website would be great to help make their message more clear and accessible -- the more people that learn about the importance of these healthy lifestyle choices, the better. I know from personal experience teaching chair yoga to those with Alzheimer's and have close family members diagnosed with this disease, how it is worth trying exercise, proper eating and brain exercises to slow or prevent the symptoms associated with Alzheimer's. Thank you ARFP for your work!

2016-12-07 20:55:51 UTC

The work and mission of the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation is so important. Over 5.4 million people in the U.S. currently have Alzheimer's and that number is expected to increase dramatically. If you've been unfortunate enough to be impacted by the disease (I lost my mother to Alzheimer's) you know how truly horrible it is. And you know how important it is to educate people on how they can make lifestyle choices, supported by research, to try and prevent memory-related diseases like Alzheimer's. That's what ARPF does. ARPF has grown. Their work has grown and gained traction and acceptance. (There was a time when the concept of "prevention" for Alzheimer's was unheard of but now I've heard more renowned neurologists say they are more excited about what they are learning about prevention than they are about getting close to a cure.) Their website needs to keep pace and grow with them. A more current, technologically sophisticated website will enable them to expand their reach, spreading awareness and education to a wider audience and to be an even better resource than it already is. Thank you.

2016-12-08 00:14:57 UTC
Hargobind Hari Singh

This is important and valuable research that will benefit people around the world. Anything we can do to support it is WORTH IT! I'm a huge believer and hope they get this tool to help achieve their vision.

2016-12-08 00:06:48 UTC

ARPF's website is a critical hub of important activities. Educating the public about the importance of making lifestyle changes to reduce the risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. Giving hope and up to date information to professional and family care givers who need to stay abreast of current research on prevention. Improving the effectiveness of professional physical trainers and Yoga instructors with our new educational programs. Letting donors have a vision for ARPF's effective use of their generous gifts that make a difference in lives all over the world. A new website would pave the way for another decade of advances for ARPF.

2016-12-08 01:47:32 UTC

This is beyond building a website. This is in support of one of the most important organizations of our times. Alzheimer's affects so many of us woth it's excruciating impact on life. But the amazing thing is that the ARPF has actually found something that helps prevent this disease, where the entire medical establishment has failed. I cannot say enough in honor and support if this incredible organization and the beneficial impact it can have on ALL of us and our loved ones.

2016-12-08 02:26:30 UTC

Since I learned about ARPF last spring, I have referred many family members and friends to the ARPF website. It is a resource for information and answers many questions whether you’re a patient or caregiver or concerned grandchild. I can’t imagine where we would find information like this and a new website would keep ARPF working towards it’s important goals to help so many people who are suffering

2016-12-08 04:14:07 UTC

ARPF disseminates excellent information to inform people how they can make lifestyle choices to prevent memory-related diseases such as Alzheimer's. Recommendations are research based. A new and upgraded website will help people navigate more easily to find the valuable information they need to make these choices.

2016-12-08 01:32:14 UTC
Lisa Dougherty

The ARPF is an important website in the launch of the new course: Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Intervention: A Guide to Working with Seniors and People at Risk for fitness industry professionals.
According to leading research studies, there is a strong connection between physical activity, mental exercise, diet, and lifestyle in preventing Alzheimer’s. Doctors regularly prescribe diet and exercise as an extension of treatments, however, the patient is often left to their own devices to determine how best to fill the doctor’s orders. The patient can search online for diet plans and providers, but it can be a daunting task to find the right solution.
The ARPF will be the only foundation of it kind to launch a course like this and work with an education company and a database management company, the Medical Fitness Network who will maintain a registry of those professionals who take this course so families can find them

2016-12-08 11:17:30 UTC
Attila Mislai clin. psychologist (Hungary)

I have taken care of my mother and father toward the end of their lifes for years. Both suffered – beside other ailments – from dementia. Without appropriate institutional background and social service it was a sort of heroic venture not only for me as a jobholder, but for all of us. Had it been available for me a supportive website like this in those days, we all could have saved a lots of unnecessary painful struggles.

2016-12-08 16:57:21 UTC
Diana D'Itri

Our organization Medical Fitness Network has partnered with Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation for over a year now and have been very pleased with the success of our relationship on many levels.
Kirti and her staff are very accessible and because of this, MFN has had the pleasure of introducing ARPF to several of our education partners. We're proud to announce that due to these introductions, there is now a brand new Alzheimer's education course for those who work with Alzheimer's patients and their care givers.
This is an unprecedented course for the fitness industry and just one of the many life changing results from our partnership with ARPF.


2016-12-09 04:41:31 UTC

I've been following the work of ARPF and Dr. Dharma for many years and, as a senior, I can appreciate the value of the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention program. I believe that a new website would help ARPF be more user-friendly in the way the information is presented. I hope they will become part of the fantastic team at The Nerdery.

2016-12-08 15:47:17 UTC
Maureen E.

ARPF's research is critical to future prevention methods of Alzheimer's, a dreadful disease that must be stopped. There have been so many studies confirming the four pillars of prevention really do reduce your risk of cognitive problems. This challenge could greatly improve their mission to spread awareness and improve the lives of many individuals, caregivers, and loved ones.

2016-12-09 02:10:08 UTC
Caitlin K.

With Alzheimer's disease now the 6th leading cause of death, prevention is more important than ever. The ARPF has research-based strategies for preventing Alzheimer's and protecting your memory. A modernized website would help them convey and share these strategies widely and more effectively.

2016-12-09 05:50:58 UTC

Memory loss is baby boomers' greatest fear and we need to have better access to the information that organizations like ARPF provide. ARPF works hard at discovering tools that we can all use. I hope they are accepted in this contest so that more people can discover these tools. Thank you for considering them.

2016-12-08 17:03:30 UTC
June Chewning

We have worked extensively with ARPF this year to put together a ground-breaking education program about the disease and the need for prevention. We have found our work with ARPF to be with very committed people, who care about the people they serve in what they are working to do, and have the higher good at heart in their mission. Good people doing very good and important things for humanity for all of the right reasons.

2016-12-08 19:34:22 UTC
Frances MacArthur

ARPF is the perfect candidate to get a social media revamp because their audience is more of a challenge to reach. Young, computer savvy kids aren't the ones who are trying to prevent Alzheimer's. We are looking at older folks who are not as socially active online, therefore, harder to get a hold of.

ARPF needs The Nerdey to really get their message out. A campaign that can get everyone's attention and make a huge impact. When people learn of the 4 Pillars of Prevention, and make the necessary life changes, everyone wins. Not only the person fighting off the symptoms– their families, friends, and community all benefit.

Good luck to all our friends at ARPF!! We love you guys!

Frannie (from the bakery)

Our Mission

The ARPF is dedicated to the prevention of Alzheimer's disease by funding integrative medicine research studies and providing educational outreach and memory screenings.