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Waterman Village Brain Wellness Academy

Brain Fitness for Seniors Class

Many of us have concerns about memory loss, but, keeping our brains sharp involves more than being able to remember names. Improving brain function can positively impact our mood, our health, and our social interactions and relationships.

Under the direction of Coleen Connolly, our full-time coordinator, the Waterman Village Brain Wellness Academy for Seniors, holds Brain Fitness classes.  The classes last eight weeks, and are limited to 10 persons. The tuition includes all classes, activities and a textbook. All classes are open to the public!

Standard pre- and post-cognitive assessments are given for the participant’s benefit, helping them see changes that have occurred in their cognition over the eight weeks of the class. A pilot program of the Brain Fitness Class was researched by Adventist University of Health Science, which found that the class yielded a significant increase in attendees ability to cope with positive feelings and diminish depression (the number one illness among seniors).

You may wish to download our brochure and next class schedule.

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Why participate in Brain Fitness?

What do participants in the Brain Fitness Class have to say about the experience? Here are just a sampling of the answers to the question, “How has the brain fitness class changed you?”


I have benefited greatly, both physically and in a return of my optimistic spirit. I’d regressed! I am not sure I fully recognized that before. – J.H.

I am trying to be more mindful, observant and attentive. I learned the importance of relaxation techniques. My piano playing exercises the brain. I am motivated to get back to my old habit of playing at least a half hour daily. Doing more physical exercises at home. – V.L.

My balance has improved. I rarely need to hang on to my chair during exercise time. It has encouraged me to continue with the exercises and become more aware of the good they do. – M.C.

The Grace Alliance

Waterman Village is helping to support a new faith-based/Christian-centered mental health & wellness support group in the local community called LIVING GRACE , which is part of the nationally acclaimed GRACE ALLIANCE organization. The support group will be led/facilitated by Waterman Village staff member Jeff Bassett.  Jeff has been a Gerontologist for 30 years.  The new support group is currently looking for a meeting place in the local area to hold the LIVING GRACE support group meetings, since they will be held during the evening.  This will be the Grace Alliance’s first LIVING GRACE support group to be held in the state of Florida. For more information, visit our Spiritual Wellness page:

For more information on the Brain Wellness Academy, contact: Coleen Connolly            

(352) 383-0051, ext. 313

Coleen Connolly

Waterman Village is a well-run retirement home that offers a range of accommodations. The management and staff do a fine job of making all residents comfortable with a wide level of activities. The Culinary Department excels. Retiring here was the best move we could have made.

Robert & Margret Appe – New York State