Encouraging Healthy Aging Through Therapeutic Communication and Cognitive Stimulation
Authors: Casey Goldstone, Michael Lawson, Lori Lemon, Shea Sculthorpe, Sam Strickland, & Laura Williams
Faculty Supervisor: Wilma C. Matti, Ph.D., MSN, RN
The purpose of our group service-learning project was to promote socialization and cognitive stimulation amongst the senior population. The project was done at the Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center in Brunswick, Georgia. The goal of socialization and cognitive stimulation was achieved through playing trivia. Since it was near St. Patrick's Day, we chose to incorporate this topic along with other related baby boomer era questions. To add another component, we added prizes in lieu of a reward for not only answering correctly, but for participation. The smiles, side conversations amongst the residents, and the genuine brainstorming for answers was proof of the success of our mission to promote socialization and cognitive stimulation amongst the senior population. As an added bonus, this project not only provided an opportunity for the senior residents to have a social outlet in their schedule, but also allowed an opportunity for our group to give back to the elders who have contributed to their community. Moreover, it created an opportunity for the nursing students to volunteer in future trivia activities at the Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center.