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.

Photo Friday: Caring For Hearts on World Heart Day

September 30, 2011 - Paul Downey

In Honor of World Heart Day: Seniors Receive Free Heart Health Screenings from SDSU Nursing and UCSD Medical Students. Screenings and information were provided to seniors at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center today.

student nurse practitioner with patient

Photo: Jaimee Hare, BSN, RN, nurse practitioner student, SDSU School of Nursing with her patient, Tom Scott.

Seniors Welcome SDSU Students

September 14, 2011 - Paul Downey

san diego state university student interns with seniorsPaul invites Amber Brychta, MSW and Director of Academic Programs and Research SDSU/SCC Collaboration for Health Aging and Workforce Development, to share more about CHAWD’s sophomore class.

As another school year begins, Senior Community Centers welcomes a new group of students and faculty from San Diego State University (SDSU) who will participate in the Collaboration for Healthy Aging and Workforce Development (CHAWD).  This collaboration between Senior Community Centers and the San Diego State University College of Health and Human Services, made possible by the Gary and Mary West Foundation, enters its second year. The major goal of CHAWD is to strengthen healthcare services offered to seniors through the advancement of empirical knowledge of aging issues and the enhancement of higher education and workforce development in geriatric healthcare and allied fields.  The seniors  benefit via free health and social services provided by SDSU students and faculty, while the students and faculty benefit via field experience and research opportunities; furthermore, seniors of the (near and distant) future will benefit from improved services resulting from the research conducted and education offered through CHAWD.

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