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Gaylord Specialty Healthcare First in Northeast to Offer the HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence & Thinking® Program Developed by Mayo Clinic for Individuals with Mild Cognitive Decline

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

WALLINGFORD, CONNECTICUT, May 25, 2022 – Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is pleased to announce that it is the first healthcare organization in the Northeast to offer the HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence & Thinking® Program to individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Gaylord Specialty Healthcare will offer the program at its Wallingford headquarters beginning in July.

Developed by Mayo Clinic in 2008, HABIT® is a 10-day brain and body wellness program for individuals –and an accompanying loved one or friend – who have been diagnosed with MCI within the past 12 months. Participants will learn skills to maintain independence despite memory problems, improve self-esteem, and cope with the emotions that arise with a diagnosis of MCI.

For two consecutive weeks, participants and their partners will participate in daily memory compensation training, cognitive exercises, yoga, wellness education, and support group sessions. At the conclusion of the program, participants and their partners will be provided with take-home resources, a scientifically-based nutrition program, and access to an online brain-training program.

The HABIT® program at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is headed by Clinical Neuropsychologist Bethanie Stephens, PsyD, who received training from the Mayo Clinic, and a team of Gaylord social workers, speech-language pathologists, and certified yoga instructors.

To learn more about the HABIT Healthy Action to Benefit Independence & Thinking® program, visit

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare:
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is a rehabilitation-focused, nonprofit health system headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut, that provides inpatient and outpatient care for people at every point in their journey from illness or injury to maximum recovery.

Gaylord Specialty Healthcare is anchored by Gaylord Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital, and includes Gaylord Outpatient Services and Gaylord Physical Therapy for patients who require diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis. Gaylord's Milne Institute for Healthcare Innovation is a hub for accelerating world-class rehabilitative research, technology development and innovation to improve the quality of life and function of people around the world. Together, these entities deliver a complete continuum of rehabilitative care driven by clinical experience, innovation, and human compassion.


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