Nurs­ing stu­dents learn from res­i­dents at Foulke­ways, and vice versa

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Jen­nifer Law­son jlaw­son@jour­nalregis­

Stu­dents from Jef­fer­son Univer­sity School of Nurs­ing are get­ting hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence in a com­mu­nity health set­ting by work­ing with res­i­dents of Foulke­ways at dwynedd Con­tin­u­ing Care oe­tire­ment Com­mu­nity, but their learn­ing has gone be­yond what they ex­pected.

lften, med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als see el­derly pa­tients when they’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing health prob­lems, but the res­i­dents at Foulke­ways are show­ing them what healthy ag­ing looks like.

“It gives them a sense that just be­cause you’re older doesn’t mean you’re not healthy,” said Jef­fer­son ad­junct in­struc­tor Judy Masiak.

This is the sec­ond year that nurs­ing stu­dents from Jef­fer­son have been work­ing with Foulke­ways res­i­dents on sixweek ro­ta­tions as part of their com­mu­nity health course.

They in­ter­act with res­i­dents in set­tings such as tKH fit­nHss FHn­tHU DnG the res­i­dent care cen­ter, where they per­form tasks such as tak­ing blood pres­sure, Masiak said. They also lend a hand in bal­ance class, where the res­i­dents learn strate­gies on how to pre­vent falls, and at Abing­ton House, the fa­cil­ity’s per­sonal care di­vi­sion.

Also, ev­ery Fri­day, the stu­dents give a pre­sen­ta­tion on dif­fer­ent as­pects of health, such as how to get a bet­ter night’s sleep, the im­por­tance of keep­ing the brain ac­tive, and nutri­tion.

Stu­dent Colleen voung de­scribed a res­i­dent who is 95 and gets around well with no as­sist­ing de­vices for mo­bil­ity, and she was sur­prised at one res­i­dent’s swim­ming skills.

“He ab­so­lutely schooled me in the pool,” she said. “He was do­ing laps around me.”

Th­ese ex­am­ples of healthy ag­ing have made tKH stuGHnts UHflHFt uSRn their own health.

voung and Elena Lin­nik, an­other stu­dent, said they have learned the im­por­tance of stay­ing ac­tive through­out their lives.

“Be­ing ac­tive makes you stay healthy, keeps them busy and keeps them alive,” Lin­nik said. “It was eye-open­ing to me. It made me think about what I can do for my­self to stay healthy.”

Trudy Cooke, who lived in Soud­er­ton be­fore mov­ing into Foulke­ways about seven years ago, en­joys be­ing around the stu­dents as well.

Sit­ting in a chair in the fit­nHss FHn­tHU, CRRNH sDLG she es­pe­cially en­joys the stu­dents’ Fri­day lec­tures.

“They’re very knowl­edge­able and very car­ing. They have a lot of good ideas, and I haven’t missed xa lec­ture] yet,” she said. “I al­ways learn some­thing I haven’t learned be­fore.”

Not only is it im­por­tant to stay ac­tive phys­i­cally, it’s also cru­cial to keep the brain healthy, Cooke said.

She said she used to think she was wast­ing her time by do­ing puzzles, but her doc­tor told her oth­er­wise.

“He told me it’s won­der­ful that you do that. Don’t ever stop,” Cooke said. “That’s why my brain is so ac­tive.”

Kim­berly ooss, a stu­dent who was help­ing re­siGHnts Ln tKH fit­nHss FHn­tHU, said the res­i­dents have had amaz­ing lives, and she’s en­joyed get­ting to know them and hear­ing their sto­ries.

“Some­times the el­derly are pushed off to the side,” she said, “but they really have a lot to of­fer.”

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PAT­TON

Nurs­ing stu­dents Su­san Park, left, and An­gel­ica Musso work in the fit­ness cen­ter at Foulke­ways at Gwynedd with res­i­dent Don Weisel.

Nurs­ing stu­dent Su­san Park speaks with res­i­dent Phil How in the fit­ness cen­ter at Foulke­ways at Gwynedd Feb. 15.

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