Dr. Yakir Kaufman, Director of Neurology Services at Jerusalem's Herzog Hospital, said, “Dementia and Alzheimer's disease is one of the world’s greatest medical threats as the number of people who suffer from these diseases grows as life expectancy grows,” according to COLLive.
Medical experts around the world have been eagerly working to find a pill that will help prevent or delay dementia and Alzheimer’s disease for decades now, but Dr. Kaufman says that a project the Rebbe has started actually provides a vital solution.
In a new interview, Dr. Kaufman said: “The visionary Lubavitcher Rebbe actually created a solution for Dementia and Alzheimer's prevention, decades ago. The Lubavitcher Rebbe understood that the Tiferes Zekeinim project is one of the main projects that can actually enhance health, give meaning and prevent disease.”
Dr. Kaufman has a particular interest in the activities of Tiferes Zekeinim as he also takes a spiritual approach to healing, placing the patient at the center of the healing process. “We learned that the patients with higher levels of spirituality or higher levels of religiosity may have a significantly slower progression of cognitive decline,” he says.
“The Lubavitcher Rebbe spoke time after time about the importance of primary prevention of disease, instead of treating disease and the Tiferes Zekeinim project is a very important part of this,” he said.
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Dr. Kaufman brings more than 30 risk factors for dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Part of them are medial, physical risk factors, but lately doctors have identified psychosocial risk factors including meaninglessness, depression, stress, subjective feeling of loneliness and low cognitive stimulation.
Dr. Kaufman, who is a Hasidic Jew associated with Chabad-Lubavitch, reveals that he actually refers patients to Tiferes Zekeinim kollels.
“I see that they achieve a stabilization of their situation in terms of their wellbeing and also their cognitive level,” he explains. “I see people that come from Tiferes Zekeinim and they actually maintain a level of cognition which is very important. In a way, this is a success story in terms of prevention. I think it is very important to open more Tiferes Zekeinim centers.”
Colel Chabad has launched a crowdfunding campaign “Honor the Rebbe’s Father” to establish 4 new kollels in honor of Chof Av, yartzeit of Rabbi Levi Yitzchok. Dr. Kaufman says he supports the campaign wholeheartedly and called on the public to donate generously.
“I think that we should add more and more Tiferes Zekeinim,” he said. “Every neighborhood deserves a Tiferes Zekeinim center so we can enhance the health and wellbeing in every aspect of our elderly people and make life more meaningful and therefore also prevent disease.”
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