Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics
Students from different disciplines participating in care planning for an older patient

Students from different disciplines participating in care planning for an older patient

Over 150 UNC students from 9 health disciplines (nursing, medicine, social work, dentistry, dental hygienist, pharmacy, PT, OT, and Nutrition) will work in teams to explore complex social and medical issues common to older adults.  Along the way, students will learn about each their classmates’ educational preparation, typical practice environments, and dispel common myths and stereotypes.

 

Beyond Clinic Walls

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Beyond Clinic Walls partners UNC students with older adults in the local community who prefer to live in their own homes despite various health and social issues. Students are formed into interdisciplinary teams and visit their clients monthly throughout the academic year.  Students have the opportunity to engage with their client’s personal, social, and physical environments, often learning about the gaps in services some people in our community face. Collaborating with Carol Woods Retirement Community, UNC’s Student Health Action Coalition, and the Orange County Department on Aging, the Partnerships in Aging Program provides the organizational structure and resources to foster and support the development of meaningful relationships between student volunteers and their clients. Click here to learn more about the program.

 

Supporting Eldercare Services

Through the Human Resources Department, UNC employees have the good fortune to have access to robust Elder Care resources.  For employees seeking a “one stop shop” for guidance regarding caregiving, advance care planning, insurance, and even how to bring up difficult subjects, click here to view these top-notch services.