Gala kickoff party marks launch of UF training study for older adults

The study will include cognitive training and physical exercise.


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 11:41 p.m.

The McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida and The Village retirement community will host a VITAL gala kickoff party at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The event marks the launch of a joint study in cognitive and aging research between the McKnight Brain Institute and The Village. The gala will be held at The Tower Club at The Village, 8000 NW 27th Blvd. in Gainesville.

The Village Interactive Training and Learning Study, or VITAL, is designed to determine how cognitive training and physical exercise may interact to improve thinking and memory in healthy older adults. Participants in the study, which will include conventional exercise and use of Wii Fit, are currently being enrolled.

Experts will speak on the topics "Keeping your brain nimble in the later years" and "What does the VITAL study mean for The Village and our community?"

Speakers will include UF scientists Dawn Bowers, Dennis Steindler and Michael Marsiske, and community physician Robert Slaton.

The event is open to the public. Those older than 60 who are interested in the cognitive training research study are invited to attend. For more information, call Kimberly Foli at 273-5621.

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