Dual degree student a Poon Student Mentoring Award winner

Congratulations to Jackie Tachmann, MSW/MPH dual degree student, for winning third place in the Leonard W. and Marie A. Poon Student Mentoring Award! The award was presented at the 26th Annual Southeastern Student Mentoring Conference in Gerontology and Geriatrics on April 16 in Pensacola, Florida. A copy of her abstract is below:

 

Experiential Learning and the Impact of Dementia on Individuals, Family Systems, and Communities: A Case Example

In dementia-affected families, informal caregivers provide invaluable support through diverse, time intensive means (i.e., companionship, medical care, household tasks, transportation). While informal caregivers reduce the use of nursing homes and may improve the quality of life for recipients of care, informal caregivers are also at increased risk for adverse outcomes (i.e. stress, strain, isolation). A newly-designed, innovative dementia caregiving service-learning course for graduate-level students at the University of Georgia School of Social Work addresses the impact of dementia on individuals, family systems, and communities, with an emphasis on community-based engagement to reduce caregiver burden and to educate students. A description of the pilot dementia-caregiving course structure will be provided, followed by a personal student account. A total of 12, 90-minute student visits were completed, with six occurring after the course officially ended. Meaningful activities were tailored to the interests and strengths of the recipient of care, and each visit allowed for caregiver respite. Utilizing a socioecological approach, students engaged in psychosocial interventions in dementia caregiving based on experiential assessments of home environment, functional abilities, social engagement, and access to community resources.

 

For more information about the conference, see /wp-content/uploads/2017/03/SMC-2016-CALL-for-ABSTRACTS_Revised.pdf

Posted April 16, 2016.