What is the BRiTE Wellness Program?

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Feb 24, 2021

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BRiTE is an innovative program that promotes brain and body health and wellness by providing our members with integrated activities in a social environment.

The Creative Expression, Fitness, and Music activities offered emphasize the components of everyday life that are associated with better brain health among individuals with normal cognition.
The BRiTE Wellness Program was developed to help promote a brighter life for older adults with mild cognitive problems. The Brain Training and Exercise Program exists online, with real people, in real time, doing real activities. The goal of the program is to create a supportive online experience for a community of individuals who have mild changes in their thinking or those wishing to proactively maintain their brain health.
BRiTE exists entirely online and has been adapted for those individuals who are unable to come to an on-site program. Each participant has the added benefit of promoting socialization which is a major component of good brain health. The virtual program is offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. It is available to any senior living in the community who would like to socialize with others and challenge themselves with novel educational and fun activities in the privacy of their home.
In order to participate, you must have a device (iPad, laptop of desk top computer) with Wi-Fi service. Having a device with Wi-Fi capability allows that participant to see and hear the instructors and other members. However, if no device is available, there is the option to call in from a land line or cell phone. If using a telephone, you do not have the ability to view the class session, but it allows you to hear the instructions and even respond and converse with other participants.
In addition to the Creative Expression, Fitness and Music classes, each member has unlimited access to Smartbrain Pro, an interactive computer program that features thousands of interactive exercises with different levels of difficulty, which provides critical cognitive stimulation.

Editors Note: Article written by Robin Sullivan, OTR/L, BRiTE Program Director and can be reached at 412/404-2405. Visit www.britewellness.org for more information.

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