February 2 - 9, 2019

Leslie Conner, ARNP, IFMCP; Jessica Morrison, APRN; Dianne Villani, APRN, IFMCP

Thriving Mind - Preventing and Reversing Cognitive Decline

Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops Alzheimer’s disease.

Although deaths from other major diseases have been decreasing, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are a growing epidemic. Anyone who has seen a loved one decline from dementia knows that it is a heartbreaking illness with devastating effects on families and communities. In addition to the emotional and physical toll of caring for loved ones with dementia, there’s the financial toll. Care for those with dementia often bankrupts families. Many individuals don’t pursue medical care when they have early signs of memory loss because they’ve told that nothing can be done. But newer research shows that dementia can be treated with an individualized, multi-factorial approach and that’s where Functional Medicine comes in. Functional Medicine is an individualized, systems-based approach to treating complex, chronic illnesses. It recognizes that the expression of health and illness in each individual is unique, and that’s why personalized treatment plans are necessary for improved outcomes.

At Thriving Mind Retreats we base our work on the research of Dr. Dale Bredesen and his ReCODE Protocol TM, which leverages the tools of functional medicine towards preventing and reversing cognitive decline. The ReCODE approach has helped numerous people reverse mild cognitive impairment and offers hope that Alzheimer’s is a preventable and treatable disease. Our retreat is designed for anyone wanting to invest in their brain health and longevity. It’s especially relevant for those with a family history of dementia, as well as those with early to moderate symptoms.

The retreat will include:

  • Advance video consultation, before the retreat, with a nurse practitioner trained in functional medicine and the ReCODE Protocol TM. It will include recommendations for laboratory testing.
  • Information-packed sessions taking you on a journey through the science of brain health that will help you understand your personal risk factors and how to overcome them using the tools of functional medicine.
  • A running start into the self-care and lifestyle practices that have been proven to optimize brain health, including what foods, movement, and relaxation practices are best for you.
  • Time to relax and enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica to rejuvenate mind, body and spirit
  • A personalized prevention plan to use at home

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Teacher Bio

Jessica Morrison is a board-certified Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in Vermont. Previously a researcher in neuroscience at UC Berkeley, she completed a Master’s in Nursing at the University of Vermont and training with the Institute for Functional Medicine. Her clinical focus is in gut health and food as medicine.

Leslie Conner is a certified functional medicine provider and brings a background in conventional medicine, homeopathy, and cranial sacral therapy. She has over 8 years working in an internal medicine setting with mostly geriatric patients and it was here that she first saw the devastating effects of dementia.

Dianne Villani is a family nurse practitioner and certified Functional Medicine practitioner. She is the founder of Trillium Integrative Medicine, Vermont’s only Functional Medicine practice. Dianne named her practice Trillium after the 3 petalled flower to reflect her belief that true wellness requires harmony among body, mind and spirit.

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