Also, this week we had our healthy aging symposium and as a group we got a chance to display a poster board with information about what we did for our succulent workshop. During the event we received so many questions about our project and many were saying how they enjoyed reading our poster because they found it quite interesting. I thought the symposium was nicely done and after talking with many people, their overall impression of the event was great. During my conversation with one of the attendees there she was telling Shivani and I how she comes to this event every year because she feels that they really roll out the red carpet for her and she enjoys being around all the people in a good environment and she thought the food was great as well, so we found that pleasing to hear.
During my time with the LCS program, I gained so many tools I will be able use throughout my life course such as organizing, planning events, managing resources, and communicating effectively with large groups of people. The program was not only good for the seniors we served but I also feel as though I greatly benefited from each moment I got to spend with the seniors being that I have no grandparents myself. It was really nice to be afforded the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and create strong social bonds with the seniors at some of the places we visited. The LCS program also taught me many aspects about aging throughout the life course as well as giving me a greater understanding of some of the challenges seniors face.
Lastly, I would like to thank Dr. Leslie Lewis and Dr. Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell for who I am greatly appreciative of for having me in their program because I believe this experience has enriched my life and strongly influence my decision to pursue a Masters degree in health management where I can create programs that will focus on the aging members of the communities and have a positive impact on their health outcomes. So for anyone out there who is interested in creating fulfilling intergenerational relationships with seniors while debunking ageism and playing a significant role in reintegrating marginalized seniors back into their community, join the Life Course Scholars Program!