Pruett Gerontology Center Thanksgiving Hours

0 Commentsby   |  11.24.15  |  Announcements

Pruett Gerontology Center Thanksgiving Hours

The Pruett Gerontology Center will be closed on Wednesday, November 25 and remain closed until Monday, November 30th.

Please enjoy a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo by Ashley Bryan

Photo by Ashley Bryan





Sigma Phi Omega Hosts Craft Day for Local Seniors

0 Commentsby   |  11.23.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

On Saturday, November 21, Sigma Phi Omega hosted a crafting event at Chisholm Place. SPO President Ashley Bryan reports that ACU students from the Speech Pathology department volunteered at the event and helped the residents create turkey tissue boxes in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

We are grateful to our tender-hearted students!!

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Images of Aging Photo Contest Begins Today!

0 Commentsby   |  11.16.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus, Images of Aging

The Images of Aging Photo Contest begins today. Click on the picture below to see a short retrospective of recognized photos in the 2014 – 2015 Images of Aging photo contest sponsored by the Pruett Gerontology Center on the campus of Abilene Christian University. This year’s contest will take place November 16, 2015 – March 8, 2016. Submit your photo today to

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ACU Veterans Day Tribute is November 11

0 Commentsby   |  11.10.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

Veteran’s Day Tribute in Chapel Tomorrow

Abilene Christian University’s annual Veterans Day Tribute will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in Moody Coliseum.

The Abilene community is invited to join students, faculty and staff in honoring veterans during this special chapel. Current and former military are extended a special invitation and are welcome to wear their uniforms.

ACU vice president Dr. Gary McCaleb said a student veteran will be featured as part of the tribute, and the Taylor Elementary School chorus will perform. The tribute also will feature a medley of songs from each branch of the military, and those who served in those branches will stand to be honored.

“It’s a good way to recognize the people who have served in our country over the years and to say ‘thank you’ to the ones who come,” McCaleb said.


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.




Images of Aging On the Road to Hendrick Shelton Building!

0 Commentsby   |  11.09.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus, Images of Aging

IOACollagePGC’s Images of Aging photos are on the road today!

Several photos from the Images of Aging photo contest are on display at The Hendrick hospital Shelton Building in Abilene, Texas. They were part of a digital storytelling presentation for the Hendrick Hospice L.I.F.T. group under the guidance of Judy Osborne, Bereavement Coordinator.

Would you like to have PGC set up an Images of Aging photo display for your next event?

Just give us a call at ACU or send comment to this post!

And Remember our 2015-2016 Images of Aging photo-contest begins next week—November 16th! 




Hendrick Hospice Grief and the Holidays Seminar ~ November 14

0 Commentsby   |  11.06.15  |  Announcements, News

When you have lost a loved one, the holiday season can be a painful reminder of the loss you are feeling.

Hendrick Hospice Care would like to offer you an opportunity to learn more about healing through the holidays at a free seminar. Members of the PGC staff will be participating in the program.

Come join us Saturday, November 14, 2015

Grief and the Holidays Seminar

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information and to reserve your place,


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SPO Nail Day at Chisholm Place

0 Commentsby   |  11.04.15  |  GERO Student Focus

Ashley Bryan, President of Sigma Phi Omega National Honor Society shares the news that our service-minded members hosted a “Nail Day” at Chisholm Place as part of their Adopt-a-Grandparent program.  Sigma Phi Omega is the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology, was established in 1980 to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging and the outstanding service of professionals who work with or on behalf of older persons.

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Special thanks to the following students: Ashley Bryan (SPO President), Natalie Hudson (SPO Vice President), Meagan Schroeder, Courtney Cargil, Bonnie Charlton, Sarah Young, Claire Gillenberg, Amanda Stegall, Kelsey Glover, and Brittney Douthit.


National Memory Screening Week ~ November 1-7

0 Commentsby   |  11.03.15  |  Announcements, News

November 1-7 is National Memory Screening week. Memory screenings for those who are concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia are important. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has a website set up for sites that offer free screenings throughout the year. The AFA’s initiative is to list free, confidential memory screenings that local organizations are offering in the community during the year. Please visit this webpage for more information:





In the News: A 101 Year-old Photo-Journalist Still Shooting At The Age Of 101

0 Commentsby   |  11.02.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus, Images of Aging, News

As we turn our attention to the 2015-2016 Images of Aging photo contest, let’s remember Tsuneko Sasamoto. Sasamoto is Japan’s first woman photo-journalist. She began her career in 1940.

And Sasamoto was born in 1914, the daughter of a kimono dealer.
Her photography reflects onsite images from Hiroshima, Antarctica, and topics such as suffrage and world-wide old age.

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Here are three jewels of advice from Sasamoto:

1. “It’s essential to remain positive about your life and never give up”

2. “You should never become lazy”

3. “You need to push yourself and stay aware, so you can move forward”



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Catchin’ up with our Gerontology Students ~Mat Molina

0 Commentsby   |  10.29.15  |  GERO Student Focus

Catchin’ up with our Gerontology students ~Mat Molina

GERO Student Mat MolinaHere’s the news from Mat:

Mat Molina graduated from ACU just last semester–May, 2015 with a major in Nursing. This summer, Mat Molina passed the NCLEX-RN nursing certification testing on the first try! He is now a licensed RN in addition to the BSN degree he earned from ACU.

This summer, Mat accepted a job invitation to work at Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, Texas. “One of the nurses I interviewed with pointed out the GERO certification on my transcript and she was excited about it,” Mat recalled. ​”The interview team liked that I had a GERO certification. They liked that I had a passion for hospice and home health.”​

Mat’s favorite Bible verse is also a call to his health and healing ministry:
“Love one another as I have loved you” ~John 15:12

Mat’s work in Kerrville falls under the critical shortage area designation. He completes his daily rounds working on the surgical unit with primarily a geriatric population.

“I am excited to be working on the surgical floor as a staff nurse. My patient population will be majority older people, but I will also be taking care of patients across the life span. It is such a blessing to have this opportunity. I knew I wanted to be a nurse after taking care of my mom when she had cancer and the hospice nurse taught me so much. She inspired me. I hope I can do the same to many others. Many blessings to you and the gerontology center!”


Mat is especially grateful to the guidance and mentoring he received from Dr. Pruett and Dr. Hammack.



Mat is also very grateful to his family who include mom Reyna DeLaRosa Molina, dad Jessie, sisters Melissa Lopez, Rayna Espinosa, Linda Molina, and Crystal Molina and brothers Jimmy, Jessie Jr., and Noel Molina.





Would you like to continue the dialogue with Mat? Leave a comment here on our blog!