Brain Fitness Academy is a cognitive rehabilitation program for older adults living with dementia. This program has had success in other parts of Florida and is particularly apt for West Volusia given a high rate of dementia in the community as well as a lack of outpatient programs. Participants attend four-hour group sessions twice per week, working with Stetson students on cognitive rehabilitation activities, physical exercise, and socialization. Simultaneously, graduate students from our counseling program lead caregiver support groups.
Current and future programs within COHL aim to improve health outcomes throughout West Volusia, provide in-depth, hands-on training for Stetson undergraduate and graduate students, and improve opportunities for our students post-graduation. Funding would provide opportunities for program maintenance and growth, positions within the center, and supplies and equipment to manage the center.