de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

January 13, 2021

2020 ABSN Projects with Older Adults

Promoting Resilience in Senior Public Housing

ABSN students Terri Tran, Nadia Krishnan, and Gelsomina Chioino worked with Full Life Care to promote mental health and resilience by delivering houseplants and wellness tips to residents. Read about their work in the ‘Planting seeds of wellness’ Full Life Care blog post or find the Promoting Resilience in Senior Public Housing poster pdf here.

South Park Senior Citizens Community Connection Programs

ABSN students Rachel Buchmeier, Sydney Coffey, Zoe Iida, Kristin Swenson, Sarah Tivoli connected seniors at South Park Senior Center to help fight isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The students set up Pen Pal and Phone-a-Friend programs, matching participants up by language and gender who could exchange letters or talk over the phone. Read more about their work in their ‘South Park Senior Citizens Community Connection Programs’ poster.

Promoting Peer Learning on Nutrition through Cognitive and Social Interaction via
Telehealth

ABSN students Rié Nakasato, Nina Zhang, Kevin Fitzpatrick, and Lisa Banks worked with the Full Life Care Adult Day Health program to teach the programs’ clients about nutrition, using trivia and an interactive “Build-A-Plate” game, based on the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion’s My Plate nutrition framework. Read more about their project in their Promoting Peer Learning on Nutrition through Cognitive and Social Interaction via Telehealth poster.

Increasing Food Availability and Technology Access at St. Martin’s on Westlake

ABSN students Alex Hill, Christine Lee, and Andre Mattus worked with St. Martin’s on Westlake to develop partnerships in the community to improve residents food security and access to technology to connect with friends and family. They were able to establish weekly food donations for residents, and secure a donation for St. Martin’s that will go towards a number of the residents’ needs including technology, kitchen and exercise equipment, and winter clothing. Read more about their project in their Increasing Food Availability and Technology Access at St. Martin’s on Westlake poster.