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Social Services with Older Adults Assignment

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Undergraduate social work students participate in a semester-long person-centered care project with memory impaired residents at an assisted-living facility. Service activities culminate in oral history interviews of residents gathered by students as a strategy to introduce students to principles of person-centered care. To prepare for engaging with residents, students complete a series of web-based tutorials on basic communication skills with older adults, read literature on communication from the Alzheimer’s Association, and view an in-class video on effective communication with older adults who have dementia. 

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Students apply person-centered care principles through individualized social engagement activities with residents of an assisted living facility.

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Tue, 02/24/2015
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Tue, 02/24/2015
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