Watercrest Senior Living LogoWatercrest of Lake Nona is proud to announce their partnership with the University of Central Florida (UCF) and One Senior Place in hosting the “Learning From Caregivers Project,” a research project focused on the caregivers of individuals with dementia who developed dangerous behaviors while living at home.

The “Learning from Caregivers Project” sponsored by UCF and led by Dr. Tracy Wharton, PhD, LCSW and Assistant Professor in the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, School of Social Work, focuses on convening groups of individuals who either are currently or have previously cared for individuals with dementia who had aggressive behaviors. No one will be asked to disclose any identifying information about the person they are caring for. The research will study the early experiences of behavior development, identifying them before crisis, and providing additional services to families who may be overwhelmed by their experience.

Please join UCF and Watercrest of Lake Nona on Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. to preview the “Learning from Caregivers Project” and discuss the program, giving caregivers an opportunity to participate in research that will support those caring for someone who has sometimes become aggressive or violent. The meeting will be held at One Senior Place, 715 Douglas Avenue, Altamonte Springs, and is open to anyone connected to those experiencing dementia, specifically memory care communities, support group facilitators, social workers, neurologists, and representatives of area agencies combatting the effects of Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

“Watercrest of Lake Nona is honored to host this preview of UCF’s ‘Learning from Caregivers Project,’ in alignment with our Common Unity program and educational initiatives,” says Christopher S. Shepherd, VP of Creative Program Development for Watercrest Senior Living Group. “UCF believes this study can make a difference in the lives of those experiencing Alzheimer’s related dementias and few interventions have targeted caregivers experiencing aggressive behaviors and enabled the connection of caregivers to research.”

Watercrest of Lake Nona Assisted Living and Memory Care Community is a 76,000 square foot, 80 unit senior living community featuring luxurious residences, resort-like service offerings and extraordinary care. The community boasts spa amenities, fine dining, private label wines, locally grown organic fare, cultural programs, and distinctive activities and outings. All Watercrest memory care associates are Certified Dementia Specialists and programming focuses on innovative lifestyle approaches, including personal life silhouettes, multi-sensory enhancements, Memories in the Making, and Music and Memory programs. Perfectly situated in the center of Lake Nona, the neighborhood features world-class education, Lake Nona Medical City, recreational facilities, diverse workspaces, retail centers, and entertainment venues.

“Watercrest focuses on cultivating relationships in each community to make an impactful presence benefitting our residents, associates and neighbors. We look forward to a valuable partnership with UCF and One Senior Place in improving the lives of caregivers and individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” says Marc Vorkapich, Principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group.

As the developer and operator of assisted living and memory care communities, Watercrest Senior Living Group advocates the benefits of continued education programs and encourages a commitment to serving others and fulfilling needs in our hometowns through their Common Unity program, a company-wide initiative supporting associates and residents in community service and enrichment. Focused on the growth of servant leaders, Watercrest Senior Living Group identifies people as the company’s greatest asset. For more information, please


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