‘Come Young, Come Old, Leave as Friends’ at the Interprofessional Senior Mentor Program Orientation Reception

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
 “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold” go the lyrics of an old Girl Scouts song, and that’s what a group of more than 60 health professions students and their older adult volunteer mentors will do when they gather on Friday, Jan. 27, 3 to 5 p.m., at the Lodge on the Desert, 306 N. Alvernon Way, for an orientation reception for the Arizona Geriatric Education Center’s Interprofessional Senior Mentor Program (http://azgec.med.arizona.edu/html/comm_out.html).
The students – from the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy; UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Arizona State University School of Social Work – each will be paired with a socially-active adult age 65 or older (currently the oldest is 90) at the event, which kicks off the spring 2012 offering of the Interprofessional Senior Mentor Program.
The non-credit course is designed to improve the way future health professionals will care for older adults by increasing geriatric knowledge. The students will meet monthly through May with their mentors, and also meet as interdisciplinary teams for discussion, to increase their knowledge of the roles and expertise of each health profession in the care of older adults.
More than 50 students are participating in this semester’s program, which first was offered in spring 2011, when 29 students participated. Students can repeat the program each spring with a different mentor. More info about the program is at http://opa.ahsc.arizona.edu/newsroom/news/2011/ua%E2%80%99s-arizona-center-aging-launches-interprofessional-senior-mentor-program
The Arizona Geriatric Education Center is part of the Arizona Center on Aging at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.