Here for Good: Supporting Older Adults in Our Community
Almost 20 University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences students participated in an event that benefited local seniors in St. Augustine.
By Jackie Crossen-Sills, PT, PhD, a University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences faculty member
A core component of our programs at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences is community service. Earlier this month, a group of Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students, who are taking our Gerontology course, participated in a countywide fall prevention awareness day in partnership with the St. Johns County Falls Prevention Coalition at Brooks Rehabilitation in St. Augustine, Florida.
Nearly 20 students led the balance and fall risk screening area, which consisted of assessment, debriefing, and education in home safety and fall prevention for the older adult participants. In addition, our students were “Walk Buddies,” which meant they accompanied the numerous older adults on a one mile walk around the rehabilitation center.
Our day of service was a great success, and I am sure you can see from the smiles on their faces the students enjoyed volunteering on a Saturday! I am so proud of their contributions to our community.