UCF College of Medicine’s Dr. Dangiolo Introduces “Bridging the Gap” Program to Watercrest of Lake Nona Residents

VERO BEACH, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#watercrestseniorliving–The University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine’s Dr.
Mariana Dangiolo, Director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, has
selected Watercrest
of Lake Nona
to connect senior residents and medical students as
part of her innovative “Bridging the Gap” program.

Dr. Dangiolo is a board-certified family physician with subspecialty
certification in Geriatric Medicine and was recently honored as
“Orlando’s Top Doctor” and “America’s Top Doctor” of Geriatric Medicine
in 2014 and 2015. The UCF “Bridging the Gap” initiative, designed and
administered by Dr. Dangiolo, provides in-home geriatric assessments by
third-year medical students, aimed at improving the health and quality
of life for seniors.

Throughout the program, a pair of medical students will visit each
volunteer resident monthly in their apartment at Watercrest
of Lake Nona Assisted Living and Memory Care Community
. The visits
will include a comprehensive geriatric assessment, depression and
cognitive assessment, medication review and falls and safety review. Dr.
Dangiolo will meet with students during their assignment, hearing oral
case reports and providing feedback on the management of patient’s care
and program objectives.

Almost one out of eight Americans is 65 years of age and older and these
numbers will more than double during the next 30 years. UCF College of
Medicine is making continuous efforts ensuring medical students acquire
the set of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to care for our aging

Dr. Dangiolo implemented the “Bridging the Gap” program with the goal of
providing a geriatric clinical experience to medical students while
extending basic clinical care, patient education and social
opportunities to selected seniors. She is also active in the American
Academy of Family Physicians, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association, American
Geriatrics Society, Physicians for a National Health Plan, Florida
Medical Association and is Board Member at large of the Florida
Geriatrics Society.

“We are grateful for our partnership with Watercrest of Lake Nona in
this relevant, educational activity,” says Dr. Dangiolo, Director of the
Geriatrics and Palliative Care Curriculum at the UCF College of Medicine.

As the developer and operator of assisted living and memory care
communities, Watercrest
Senior Living Group
advocates the benefits of community-wide
education and research, encouraging a commitment to serving others and
fulfilling needs in our hometowns. Watercrest’s Common Unity program is
a company-wide initiative supporting associates and residents in
community service and enrichment. Watercrest welcomes this educational
opportunity to strengthen connectivity between the medical community and
the residents and associates of Watercrest of Lake Nona, supporting
research to meet the healthcare requirements of an exploding senior

“UCF College of Medicine’s ‘Bridging the Gap’ program gives our
residents the unique privilege of interacting with the next generation
of doctors and shaping the future of medical care,” says Christopher
S. Shepherd
, VP of Creative Program Development for Watercrest
Senior Living Group. “In our quest for excellence, this partnership is
another example of how Watercrest Senior Living Group’s Common Unity
initiatives benefit everyone involved.”

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.

Senior Living
is committed to enriching the lives of seniors by
creating an environment of well being and providing a comprehensive
memory care program specifically designed to engage the senses, expand
the mind and enhance the emotions of residents in every one of their
communities. Focused on the growth of servant leaders, Watercrest
Senior Living Group
identifies people as the company’s greatest
asset. For more information on the “Bridging the Gap” program, contact
Watercrest of Lake Nona Executive Director, Jenny Phillips at
407-226-3113 or UCF College of Medicine Director, Dr. Mariana Dangiolo
at 407-266-1100.


For Watercrest of Lake Nona
Kathryn Vorkapich, 772-539-4553