ADS is fortunate to be a partner with the OHSU Neurology department in training (3rd year) medical students who are studying about individuals with cognitive impairment. Last Tuesday, we hosted 6 students in ADS to give them the opportunity to observe (and engage in!) our community program available to families living with dementia. There is always learning going on from all angles during these (quarterly) visits! Having fun with exercise (and the LARGE balloon), challenging our brains with word games, and enjoying a meal together reflect so many different aspects of who we are.
It never ceases to amaze me how much the students eyes are opened by this time spent together. From when they first enter the room (albeit a bit nervously), until they leave (with smiles and affirmations)…they are viewing first-hand what our participants can still do, not what they have lost.