This semester has been full of surprises for us at the HELP internship. We have made amazing connections with patients and staff that we hope to continue after the semester ends. Both of us plan to continue volunteering for HELP after we graduate because we truly love the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of elders. We have been so fortunate to be able to work under the guidance of our supervisor, Peggy, and the Rec Therapist, Nicole. These ladies have an amazing passion for their work, and they continue to inspire and motivate us evey time we see each other. Patients would not receive the same experience of compassion, and would not have as pleasant of a stay without the dedication of these wonderful women. We are so thankful for getting to work with them, and we know our relationships with them will continue to grow even after our internship ends.
After graduation, Alex will be continuing her education at Nazareth as she pursues her Master's in Creative Arts Therapy. She hopes to work with the elder population or children with disabilities. She also hopes to continue volunteering at Highland, as long as they keep serving coconut cream pie in the cafeteria. Joan plans on working full-time as an activities assistant with the elderly, and part-time as an elder companion. She would also like to keep volunteering at Highland, partially just for Peggy's homemade cupcakes.
Thank you for following our journey through this blog, and we hope that we have entertained and informed our audience about the joys of working in the field of gerontology!