Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph DPT students learn from their elders

Academics, Health Sciences, Doctor of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy

By: Lisa Dehner

File Under: community partnership, health sciences, physical therapy

Men gathered around a table talking.

In Dr. Lisa Dehner's Lifespan course focused on older adults, Mount St. Joseph University DPT (doctor of physical therapy) students are asked to choose an older adult to be their mentor for the semester. Students meet with and work with the older adult as they learn how to examine, evaluate and treat older adult patients. Tyler Hawkins and Matt Thomas choose to go out of their comfort zones and choose mentors they did not know previously.  With the cooperation of Bayley Adult Day Program, Tyler and Matt were matched with George Claxton and Bob Heinen, respectively.  Dr. Dehner says, "It's important that students have a chance to interact and learn from older adults before they are responsible to manage their care. That's why this opportunity is so valuable, both for the students and for their mentors."

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