PGC Closed for Memorial Day

0 Commentsby   |  05.22.15  |  Announcements

The Pruett Gerontology Center will be closed on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day Holiday.
We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26 with our 9:00 a.m. summer hours.

photo by Helen Teague

Sigma Phi Omega May Meeting

0 Commentsby   |  05.07.15  |  GERO Student Focus, News

Last week, members of Sigma Phi Omega met for their final meeting of the 2014- 2015 school year. This has been a very busy school year for Sigma Phi Omega. The group immersed themselves in several service learning activities – Read-A-Thon, Nail Day, Careers in Aging Week, the Aging Simulation, and replenishing the onsite library at a local assisted living home.

Thank you Sigma Phi Omega members and officers Mallory Wilkins, Kaitlyn Jarrold, Ashley Bryan, and Dr. C.D. Pruett, Advisor for a great year!

SPO members

Several Sigma Phi Omega members: Foreground, l to r: Katy Westerlage, Mallory Wilkins, current SPO President
Back row, l to r: Natalie Hudson, Alyssa Wianecki, Ashley Bryan, current SPO secretary, Addie Rich, Kaitlin Jarrold, current SPO Vice President, and Mathew Molina.

 


 

Special Thanks to Guest Speaker from Adult Protective Services

0 Commentsby   |  05.01.15  |  Announcements

Mr. Rick Diaz from the Abilene Adult Protective Services division spoke to the Sociology of Aging course Thursday, April 30.

He spoke on crime and its effects on aging adults.

Rick Diaz and Dr. Pruett greet students in the Sociology of Aging class.

Rick Diaz and Dr. Pruett greet students in the Sociology of Aging class.

 

 


 

Pictures from the 2014 Images of Aging Recognition Luncheon

0 Commentsby   |  04.27.15  |  Announcements, Images of Aging

Our Images of Aging Recognition Luncheon was held Friday, April 17th with several students receiving honors.

Ashley Bryan accepting recognition from Dr. Pruett

Ashley Bryan accepting recognition from Dr. Pruett

 

Meagan McBride accepting recognition from Dr. Pruett

Meagan McBride accepting recognition from Dr. Pruett

Addie Rich accepting recognition from Dr. Pruett

Addie Rich accepting recognition from Dr. Pruett

 

Paulina Servin receiving congratulations from Arlene Kassleman of the College of Arts & Sciences

Paulina Servin receiving congratulations from Arlene Kasselman of the College of Arts & Sciences

 

Photos by Helen Teague


 

2015 Images of Aging Photo Cavalcade~ Special Recognition

0 Commentsby   |  04.21.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus, Images of Aging, News

Over 50 photos were submitted by students at Abilene Christian University for the 2015 Images of Aging Photo Cavalcade.    Our three judges chose the following photos for special recognition lunch Friday, April 17th.


 

In the Color Category, 1st Place, “Alzheimer’s Cannot Overcome Happiness” by Paulina Servin.

PServinAlzheimersCannotOvercomeHappinessColor
In the Color Category, Honorable Mention, “Looking Forward to the Days Ahead” by Meagan McBride.

 

MMcBrideLoveThroughTheDecadesColor

 

In the Black & White category, First Place, “Routine” by Meagan McBride.

MMcBrideBlackAndWhiteRoutine

 

In the Black & White category, Honorable Mention, “Looking Forward to the Days Ahead” by Addie Rich.

ARichLookingForwardToTheDaysAhead

 

In the Mobile category, First Place, “Our Last Goodbye” by Paulina Servin.

PServinOurLastGoodbyeMobile

 

In the Mobile category, “Selfie” by Ashley Bryan.

ABryanSelfieMobile

 

Congratulations to all the talented photographers who submitted photos!

Please check out our Color & Mobile  and  Black & White Photo Slideshows!

 


 

2015 Photo Cavalcade Gallery – Color and Mobile Category

0 Commentsby   |  04.08.15  |  Announcements, Images of Aging, News

Here are the entries for the Color and Mobile Categories for this year’s Images of Aging Photo Contest

 

Cincopa WordPress plugin

2015 Images of Aging Photo Cavalcade Gallery

0 Commentsby   |  04.06.15  |  GERO Student Focus, Images of Aging

Here are the entries for the Black & White Category in the 2015 Images of Aging Photo Cavalcade.

Cincopa WordPress plugin

Aging Simulation

0 Commentsby   |  04.02.15  |  GERO Student Focus

AgingSimulation

Photo courtesy of Addie Rich

What do these things in the picture have in common?

In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month and Careers in Aging week, the Pruett Gerontology Center along with volunteer students in the Gerontology Department and Sigma Phi Omega, presented an inter-departmental, interdisciplinary, formal learning opportunity known as the Aging Simulation. OT students at ACU participated in the Aging Simulation.

The objectives of The Aging Simulation are 3-fold:

1. Differentiating between social myths and realities of aging within the United States society.
2. Understanding the aging population through personal experience and personal involvement.
3.  Including  faith and learning task through learning the conceptual perspective that aging is part of God’s plan for his creation.

PGC Aging Simulation

Dr. Pruett and GERO Student Volunteers (from left) Jordan Moore, Natalie Hudson, Addie Rich, and Dani Canela speak to ACU OT students during The Aging Simulation

The Aging Simulation is a transformative experience because students see through a social justice lens how the aging population experiences life and how they are treated by the general population. Aging is more than just confronting and adjusting to the effects of loss. Frames of reference for students expand as they learned empathy, strength, and resilience-based approaches.  This activity echoes George Hein’s supposition that tranformative learning occurs when the mind is engaged in experiences of “cognitive uncertainty” that challenge previously held beliefs in environments that are structured yet open enough for real discovery and exploration.

Ongoing post research discovery and reflection between PGC and the Occupational Therapy department continues.

Special thanks to our GERO student volunteer activity directors, Dani Canela, Hayley Griffin, Natalie Hudson, Jordan Moore, and Addie Rich.

 

 

~~~

Hein, G.E. (1998) Learning in the Museum (New York: Routledge, 1998), p. 38.

 

 


 

Healthy Aging Video for Dr. Pruett’s Class

22 Commentsby   |  04.01.15  |  Announcements, GERO Student Focus

For Dr. Pruett’s Sociology of Aging Course:

Please view the following video, take notes, and then leave a comment to this blog post with your reflection of the top 1 or 2 key ideas from your notes on the video. (Hint: you will need to write more than just a reply of “it was great.”)

Next, Study your notes for the next exam. For the next exam you will be required to list the seven lifestyle choices that add eleven years to life.

To view the video, please click on the picture or go to this link: http://tinyurl.com/HealthyAgingVideoPGC

PGC Healthy Aging Video

Travel safely and have a Happy Easter!

 


 

You and Your Aging Parent Luncheon

10 Commentsby   |  04.01.15  |  GERO Student Focus, News

You And Your Aging Parent

 

“You and Your Aging Parent” luncheon today: An informative, formal learning opportunity for 45 interested students, faculty, administration, staff, and community representatives

What are your thoughts on your role in the legacy of your parents?

Please leave a comment below.

If you attended please add your comments and share the best takeaway you received!

Together, all comments comprise a rich, artifact of our collective learning.

 

Special thanks to members of Sigma Phi Omega who helped with this event, kicking off Careers in Aging week!