The interns implemented a series of educational programs designed to increase health
awareness among older adults. Specific topics were suggested by the clients and included
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and alternative medicine.
The types of programs included various health screenings, health-related open forum
discussions, talks on specific health topics, social events, and support group meetings.
The interns geared programs specifically to the needs of the seniors at this site in
hopes of equipping the participants with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary
to empower them to become their best advocates in the management of their health and
Corinthian Square Apartments
The interns led health related discussions in hopes of broadening and increasing the
residents' awareness of health issues related to seniors. Cardiovascular health was
a major topic that involved discussion of how to read and interpret nutritional labels
and how to use that information to follow healthy eating habits. Healthy food was
prepared on Fridays in conjunction with the health issues discussed during the week.
For example, a diabetes awareness discussion was followed by a 'diabetes friendly'
dessert! In addition to leading health discussions, the health information and resources
used during the summer were organized into a binder for the residents' reference at
any time after the Bridging the Gaps program.