Catchin’ up with Our Gerontology Students ~Christine Gore
Here’s the news from Christine:
“I currently work at a luxury retirement community in downtown fort worth called The Stayton at Museum Way. I began working at this community in 2013 and started as a Lifestyles Coordinator for the Assisted Living Residents. I received a promotion and am now an accounting and human resources assistant. The whole community at the Stayton bases their lifestyle around the ideas found in the book Successful Aging by Dr. John Wallis and Dr. Robert Kahn. This book was the focus of many gerontology classes I had taken at Abilene Christian University under Dr. Pruett.
Christine appreciates so much the guidance she received from Dr. Pruett’s classes. “During Dr. Pruett’s class, he was able to give us examples and a clear vision of what Gerontology will be evolving to as the population continues to retire. The focus on Baby Boomers and the ever evolving healthcare sector gave me a great idea of what the future holds and how I can be a leader in the future of retirement care.”
Gerontology and Aging Studies figure prominently in Christine’s future goals. “I think there are a number of goals that we all have in life, but career-wise I would love to be a leader in the field of senior housing and retirement. I want to help people understand that aging doesn’t mean you have to be curled up in a hospital bed relying on people for your every move. Aging can be a beautiful and graceful process that people can look forward to. I would love for retired adults to be excited about moving into communities where they can be active and happy. Taking the stigma away from senior housing is not a battle one person can fight, but will take an army of peopled dedicated to field!”
Christine advises current students to, “Be active in research and understanding aging adults, be familiar with a direction you would want to go in the senior industry and be committed. It is not often a college graduate is passionate about gerontology; the fresh young face is daunting to employers sometimes in this field—but sharing your knowledge you gained in the aging studies program will show that you are someone who will be a great asset employers won’t want to pass up!”
When thinking about her career path since graduating from ACU, Christine cites her favorite Bible verse, I Corinthians 10:31–So whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
“Coming from family studies I was wary of where I would end up in the business world. Generally, there is not a specific direction people with this degree are expected to go. The only thing I knew upon graduation is that I loved the retired population and the wisdom they had to share. I have a strong passion to learn about the senior housing industry and these passions have made focus and try things I have never imagined! The opportunities that God has given to me after leaving ACU are too numerous to share, but I can say the biggest opportunity I had was pursuing gerontology through ACU, it set me on the right track and has given me a solid foundation on which to start my career.”
Would you like to continue the dialogue with Christine? Leave a comment here or email us and we will pass it on to her!
Learn more about called The Stayton at Museum Way by clicking on this link: http://www.thestayton.com
Note: PGC has copies of Successful Aging for your review.
The Pruett Gerontology Center is pleased to announce the 5th Annual ‘Images of Aging’ Photo Contest
ACU students across campus are encouraged to take and submit photographs that include at least one person who is 60 years of age or older. Join this elite group of photographers from all disciplines who appreciate the older adults in their lives and enjoy the digital photography!
Contest starts November 12, 2014 and ends February 27, 2015
Students currently enrolled at ACU for the 2014-2015 scholastic year are eligible.
See complete rules and information at the Images of Aging Blog:
Veteran’s Day is special day is set aside to honor our Veterans. It was originally known as Armistice Day and it was renamed Veterans Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Great Britain. The holiday was established to honor the date in 1918 when Germany and the Allies signed an armistice agreement to end hostilities in World War I. The armistice was signed at six a.m. on November 11, and the cease-fire took effect five hours later, at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”
Pruett Gerontology Center encourages you to take an opportunity to show gratitude for those that have served and currently serve to keep America safe and free. We must never forget the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country throughout history and during current conflicts.
Please attend ACU’s special chapel tribute today. The assembly will honor those who have served and those who currently serve in the military.
On the ACU campus today, American flags and patriotic visuals will surround attendees as ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert opens the ceremony.
During this year’s tribute, the Big Purple Band will play “National Pride March,” a piece composed by alumnus Bob G. Bailey (’52). The Austin Symphony has previously performed the piece.
Under the direction of Dr. Steven Ward (’92), the Big Purple Band will also honor the veterans with the “Armed Forces Salute,” which includes part of each military branch’s song. Veterans are encouraged to stand in recognition as their branches’ songs are played.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. in Moody Coliseum.
Tuesday, November 11
11:00 AM Veteran’s Day Chapel Performance
11:00 AM Veteran’s Day Tribute
A Prayer for Our Veterans
Eternal and Loving God, we are so thankful for the men and women that You have raised up to serve our country with honor, dignity and commitment in the past and present, in war time and times of peace, in combat or on the home front.
We remember them today and ask You to bless them in the sacrifices they have made to give of themselves for the cause of freedom. We ask You to surround them and their families with your love and protection as many continue to serve on the front lines.
In their times of loneliness and despair, we ask You to be their unseen hand that will lift them up to see a brighter day. We remember those who have lost their lives in service, and we applaud their selfless acts as well as their families that released them to serve. As You have blessed this nation as the land of the free and the home of the brave, we extend this blessing to every branch of our military, and ask that your continued strength and power be with us in the days ahead.
Believing that You are willing and able to hear and answer, we ask in Jesus Name, Amen.
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas Chapter will partner with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center to present a screening of the independent feature film Angel’s Perch. The program is scheduled from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Board Room at WTRC in Abilene.
Angel’s Perch examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss, as depicted by a family struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the story of Jack, a successful young architect living in Pittsburgh, who must make the trip to his tiny hometown of Cass, West Virginia, to move his grandmother into an assisted-care facility after she is found wandering outside her home. But what was intended to be a two day, under-the-radar trip becomes more complicated when Jack is unable to move her into an assisted living facility nearby. Torn between the career opportunity of a lifetime, caring for his last living relative and running from his own painful memories, Jack is forced to choose between standing still or facing the pain of his past, so that he can finally move forward in his life.
The screening of Angel’s Perch will be followed by a discussion moderated by Howard Gruetzner, M.Ed, LPC. Mr. Gruetzner is Family Care and Education Specialist for the Waco Regional Office of the Alzheimer’s Association and author of the widely-read Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide and Sourcebook.
Spring 2015 Gerontology Courses available for Spring registration are:
Aging and the Family-21164-FAM 454
Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 pm-1:20pm-Dr. Wages
Physical Activity and Aging – 21085 – KINE 475 – 01
Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday 10:00 – 10:50 am
Social Research – 21173 – SOCI 415 – 02
Tuesday/Thursday 8:00 – 9:20 am Dr. Mac
Social Research – 20602 – SOCI 415 – 01
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 – 10:50 am Dr. Mac
Sociology of Aging – 21171 – SOCI 350 – 01
Thursday 3:00 – 5:50 pm Dr. Pruett
Sociology of Aging 21383 – GERO 350 – 01
Thursday 3:00 – 5:50 pm Dr. Pruett
Practicum in Gerontology – 21382 – GERO 495 – 01
TBA Dr. Pruett
It is Too Hot to Cook!!! Just us for Chick-fil-A Spirit Night
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Benefiting ACU’s Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)
Tuesday, October 7th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Northside Chick-fil-A – 1750 State Highway 351, Abilene. Please remember to tell your cashier you are there supporting SOTA!
10% of the profit raised will go towards sending OT students to the Texas Occupational Therapists Conference
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s was held in Abilene on Saturday, September 19th and PGC students and their family and friends joined hundreds of Abilene residents who participated.PGC wishes to thank students Kaitlyn Bluford, Elaine Sullivan, Misty and Ephraim Schoephoerster, Stacia Long, Adelaide Rich, Lynn Fitzgerald, Jamie Gonzalez, and Mallory Wilkins.
Senior Mallory Wilkins described the day as a fun way to help a worthy cause, “From the warm-up exercises led by a dance tea to the Elvis impersonator performer, everyone that attended had a blast!”
The walk’s goal was to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia.
“One of the most touching scenes was that of each person carrying a flower pinwheel, each sporting a different color and meaning. Orange stood for a person supporting the cause, yellow for a person taking care of another with Alzheimer’s, purple for someone who had lost a loved one due to Alzheimer’s, and blue for someone who has Alzheimer’s,” recalled Wilkins.
At the end of the two-mile walk, each person planted their flower into the ground, creating a “garden” of hope and remembrance for those with Alzheimer’s. It was a beautiful and touching illustration. The day was gorgeous and cool; a perfect day for a walk in the park with the perfect common goal: to put an end to Alzheimer’s disease.
If you would like to contribute, please visit the Pruett Gerontology Team Page.