The Importance of Collaborations

November 1, 2011 - Paul Downey

In life we succeed with the help of others. Family, teachers, and friends feed, teach and support us. It is this basis that we built the collaborative model of care that seniors receive at Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center.

A couple of weeks ago, the San Diego State University College of Health and Human Services offered a Senior Health Fair. Students from the Schools of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Nursing, Social Work, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences conducted various health assessments, such as hearing screenings, fall risk assessments, and calculations of daily nutritional requirements.  In addition, they provided health education and information specific to seniors’ needs and promoted the free services available at Senior Community Centers. The organizers of the Senior Health Fair hope to build on the successes of Friday’s fair to stimulate more collaboration among SDSU students and faculty and Senior Community Centers staff.

During the semester we continue to have Friday clinics. Friday, November 4 Nurse Practitioner students will address the topic of breast health.  The presentation will be at 10:00 am in Lifelong Learning Institute and the screening clinic will be from 12 – 4 pm. All seniors are encouraged to participate.

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