Monthly Archives: May 2012

My Last Day As An Intern.

Today was my last day at The Center. Kari and Karen were both there and we discussed Karen’s plans and what she was planning on doing with her business and her licenses. We also discussed several jobs that Kari had applied to and a job that a fellow intern was hired for in Dallas, Texas. We also discussed my plans for the future.

I gathered some final data for the walking program and then visited with the two older women with down syndrome and dementia. Unfortunately neither woman appeared to be improving and both were slotted to be moved to a smaller facility upon finding of available accommodations.

Human Rights Committee.

Today I got to present the walking program to the Human Rights Committee (HRC). I was a little nervous at first, even though I had taken the poster home and rehearsed it for about two hours the day before. There was 6 people in the conference room, not including myself. So it was a fairly small group.  The meeting took place at 9 am, I arrived at 8:45 am to set up the poster in the boardroom. The extra fifteen minutes was great as I got to relax and explain the poster to one person who was interested in the research. Topics were presented first, such as issues that the residents are having. One of the residents gave us a little update on the construction and just life in general for the residents. His main concern was the water fountains not working.

I was very glad that Kari offered me this opportunity. My internship here has definitely helped me with public speaking.

Don’t Shoot The Dog.

Today I learned about Karen Pryor, she wrote a book titled Don’t Shoot The Dog. I also watched two videos on Youtube. The first was called Epigenetics and was presented by Neil Degrasse Tyson. This video was all about epigenetic factors and was really interesting. The next video I watched was titled The Ghost In Your Genes. This video was about how epigenetics can effect our children. Basically the things we do in our life time can alter our DNA, but not cause damage or even show effects in our lifetime. However, these mutations can be passed down during fertilization and can change our children.

The third thing I learned about was the severe behavioral and verbal clinics at UHCL. I’m extremely interested in these two topics. Kari suggested that I try and volunteer over the summer or during the semester.

Data Sheets and Bingo.

Today at The Center I collected data from the Walking Program. Although we have discontinued tokens in exchange for prizes, we still continue to collect data. Basically, we are now seeing if the ladies will continue to walk on their own without the tokens serving as their motivation. The data from the past two days has shown that two of the ladies continue to exceed their previous goal. In fact, the ladies have reached over 5,000 aerobic steps. The other two ladies, unfortunately have not done any aerobic steps. However, they do continue to walk approximately the same amount of steps as before, but still more than baseline.

Afterwards, I ended up in the classroom. One particular resident who has dementia has been wandering in and out of the classroom. I found her today walking in the parking lot while buses were dropping off residents. So I escorted her back to the classroom where I played Bingo with her and 6 other residents.

I also stopped by the clinic to visit the resident with down syndrome and dementia who has been in there since her hospital visit. She was eating and informed me she was busy, so I thanked her for talking to me and left.

In addition to this I also helped Kari track data from the data sheets at Willow River Farms and The Center and contact sheets from The Center. Another intern and I also placed data sheets into their binders.

A Game of Bingo

Today I visited with a few of the clients I don’t normally see. I went to the classroom and played bingo with 6 of the residents. I had a blast!

When I arrived at The Center, I found a resident who has recently began wandering due to her dementia. I had learned from another intern that this resident loved to play bingo. She was obsessed with the game. So I decided to try and coax her with a round of the game. As soon as I mentioned bingo she was beyond ecstatic to go back to the classroom. When  I took her back a few of her fellow classmates wanted to join in. This was the first time I would be interacting with a large group of the residents. At first I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everyone and assist those who needed help with their cards, but then a few of the residents started helping each other out! It was really endearing to see. At the end of the game we had a two way tie and I had to promise to bring cupcakes as their prize. The request made me giggle, as I had kept saying I didn’t have a prize but one particular resident (who did not win, by the way) insisted that I bring cupcakes for the winners. Very cute.