President’s Cabinet Awards- Dr. Mufti and Victoria Spiciarich, LMSW

Geriatric Resilience: Engage and Treat (GREAT)

Mariam Mufti, MD
Victoria Spiciarich, LMSW

  • Research shows older adults facing isolation and loneliness are at a significant risk of several health problems such as increased risk of stroke, heart attack, depression, dementia and suicide. The interdisciplinary team at the Victory Lakes clinic aims to empower elders through the establishment of special therapeutic groups called Geriatric Resilience: Engage And Treat (GREAT). Patients identified as being high risk for dementia and social isolation will receive multimodal therapeutic care and social support. In each 8-week closed cohort, participants will learn individual techniques to combat anxiety and depression, and how community involvement can combat social isolation.