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Programs for you and your loved one

Researchers and communities have been working together to find therapies for reducing cognitive decline and improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. The most promising interventions include music therapy, dance, physical exercise, equine assisted therapy, and other activities which stimulate the mind and body. The Enriched Environments for Healthy Aging Brains is here to provide enriching activities such as these that you can enjoy with your loved one.  Participants in our programs have identified numerous positive benefits, such as connecting with community and spending time with their loved one.

Music is at the heart of the human experience. Music has been linked to positive benefits for individual health and wellbeing, such as reducing anxiety and stress, promoting joy, and even recalling old memories.

Theater performances are captivating, creative, and immersive. Research shows that attending theater performances is linked to greater tolerance, empathy, and laughter.

Dance performances are a wonderful way to spend time with your loved one. Watching dance performances has been linked to positive outcomes such as improved mood and engagement.

Virtual reality is an exciting new technology that allows you to experience the sights and sounds of distant places, enjoy moments from the past, and explore new experiences.

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Research Team

The best cognitive health interventions involve mixed cognitive, social and physical enrichment. Our team represents a variety of disciplines (neuroscience, music therapy, creativity/design, communication studies, neuropsychology, sociology, and occupational therapy). We bring strong backgrounds in interventions associated with improving cognitive, well-being, or neural outcomes in healthy and aging populations. Our team is truly unique, trans-disciplinary, and dedicated to creating interventions that benefit our local community.

 

Thank you to Ty Betts and the OVPR for creating this video about our team.

Enriched Aging Research Team

Pictured (from left): Jennifer Cross, Meara Faw, Laura Malinin, Lindsey Wilhelm, and Deana Davalos

  • Every 65 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
  • In the U.S., 7 million people have dementia and 65,000 of those live in Colorado.
  • The number of people with dementia is estimated to more than triple by 2050.