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Health Sciences

Older Adult Community Clinical Volunteer Experience

June 13, 2019

This spring, second year Red River College nursing students had the opportunity to really connect with older adult groups within the Transcona area. In their Health Promotion of the Older Adult Community clinical rotation, student groups interviewed members of the community, gathering info and learning to assess strengths and resources for the older adult. The group were working with staff and tenants of Devonshire House 2, an assisted living facility. They held a blood pressure clinic, wellness clinic, and a public education event.

The student group also learned the finer aspects of BINGO at the Transcona Retired Citizens Organization at 328 Whittier Ave. Students were grateful for the experience of talking with the group, and seeing how the spirit of volunteerism contributes to the overall well being of the older adult population in the community.

The Transcona Retired Citizens Organization has a variety of programs and activities:

They offer
* meals (soup/sandwiches)
* crafts
* line dancing
* Scottish dancing
* Tai-chi classes
* Zoomba exercises
* card games
* bingo
* snooker
* darts
* shuffleboard
* social activities
* bus tours for members and seniors in the community
* referral foot care services

They also hosts clinics on:

* wills
* taxes
* computers
* driving
* counselling

For more information, check out their website.

The students had a wonderful experience, working with an amazing group of older adults.

Post written by Tracey McCulloch
Photos by Tracey McCulloch