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Gerontology Club provides companionship to older adults in South Bend

first_imgGerontology Club, a service-based club at Saint Mary’s, works to provide older adults with companionship.In an effort to give back to the greater South Bend community, Gerontology Club members volunteer at Healthwin Specialized Care Facility, a nursing home close to the College’s campus.Katie Jackson, a junior and vice president of the Gerontology Club, said their mission is to improve the lives of seniors in the area.Gerontology Club hosts weekly volunteer events in addition to larger, less-frequent events. Jackson said the weekly visits consist of activities ranging from sharing a meal with the residents, playing Bingo or giving manicures to simply having conversations with the residents.A popular weekly activity is assisting with the music and memory program, Jackson said.“Each of the residents in the dementia ward has an assigned iPod,” she said. ‘You can check out an iPod and listen to music with them. This helps them reminisce and unlock memories that they wouldn’t have access to normally.”The annual events include a senior prom, a night dedicated to dressing up and community building and Valentine’s Day card making. Additionally, the club hosts annual holiday parties at the nursing home for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.The events have a positive impact on both volunteers and residents alike, Jackson said.“I love knowing that I’m making a difference in these people’s lives like some don’t really get too many visitors,” Jackson said. “Everyone needs human contact, so it’s really nice to be able to provide that for somebody.”While the club is open to students of all majors, Jackson sees a large draw from communicative sciences and disorders, nursing and psychology majors. The club is designed to support the gerontology minor, Jackson said.Katherine Weese, a senior and the treasurer of Gerontology Club, said she wants to increase awareness and participation of the group.“My goal for the year is to have more people commit some more hours during the year and have more people go there,” she said.There is no minimum time commitment to be involved with the club. An hour requirement has been discussed and may be implemented in the future, Weese said.“For the time being, we like to have it not as strict and committal so that people aren’t scared off from joining or things like that,” she said.Students hoping to get involved with the club are encouraged to reach out to the club’s officers to get more information.“My favorite part of being involved with the club is spending time with the residents,” Weese said. “They’re so nice, and they always have great stories to tell.”Tags: Community Service, Gerontology Club, senior citizenslast_img read more

‘Black Lives Matter’ banners swapped out as US Open honors ‘frontline workers,’ NYPD

first_imgTopics : Black Lives Matter, which advocates against police brutality against Black people, has taken a central role in North American sports, most recently after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Athletes protested and leagues including the NBA and WNBA shut down in a show of solidarity last week.Naomi Osaka, who boycotted her Western & Southern Open semifinal in protest, strode onto Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night wearing a face mask honoring Breonna Taylor, a Black woman killed by police officers in March, with the “Black Lives Matter” banner displayed prominently behind her.By Tuesday morning, the banner was gone.”Thank you frontline workers,” the new banners read, along with an image of the caduceus, a symbol long associated with medical professionals, and the acronyms “FDNY,” referring to the New York City Fire Department, and “NYPD.”A smaller, three-row section of the stadium honoring Black Lives Matter with the words “Moving Black lives to the front” remained.  Large banners with the words “Black Lives Matter” were removed from Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open on Tuesday as part of a routine rotation and replaced with signage honoring “frontline workers,” including the New York City Police Department (NYPD).The tournament said the banners would be changed periodically, as it plans to honor a variety of issues and causes, including LGBTQ rights and gender equality throughout the Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows.”We are utilizing the 2020 US Open as an opportunity to bring awareness to a variety of causes and initiatives,” a tournament spokesman said. “This includes what will be a rotation of the scrim design in both Arthur Ashe Stadium and Louis Armstrong Stadium, throughout the event.”last_img read more