The University of Florida and The Village retirement community in Gainesville have partnered to offer UF Health Vitality Mind, a research program dedicated to maximizing brain health in older adults. UF Health Vitality Mind provides residents of The Village and the community with free, cognitive assessments and interventions that are designed to improve mental functioning, mood, and the ability to independently perform everyday tasks in individuals age 60 and older.
“This program is an optimal partnership between UF and The Village,” said UF Health Vitality Mind program coordinator Dr. London Butterfield, a postdoctoral fellow in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology. “Vitality Mind is located in an apartment within a bustling retirement community and we are able to provide on-site assessment and interventions for seniors from which they will hopefully gain direct brain-health benefits. It also gives our students the opportunity to interact with seniors in a natural, real-world setting.”
A number of previous studies have demonstrated that cognitive interventions can have a positive effect on older adults’ cognition, mood and quality of life. A unique feature of Vitality Mind is that UF researchers are now evaluating whether combining these cognitive activities may offer even greater benefits.