Science & Health
U NIVERSIT Y OF WIS CONS IN-L A C RO S S E CO LLE G E O F S C I E NC E A N D H EALT H N EW SL ET T ER
V OL U ME 10, N U MBER 2
THE MIRACLE During summer 2014 Anne Glover completed a 16-week therapeutic recreation internship at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis. The experience in the dementia care unit, “Took me outside my comfort zone,” she says. Glover, from Edina, Minnesota, regularly guided the 25 residents under her care through therapeutic activities such as, crafts and outings. All required a thorough understanding of each person’s individual habits. “In a nursing home each day there’s something different, and (resident) behavior can change in a minute, so you need to know how to deal with surprises,” explains Glover. “It is important to have a few back up ideas in case one may not work.” Glover found support from both UW-L site supervisors Patricia Ardovino and Cathy Schutt. Both encouraged her to, “Become more independent, find the courage to make decisions in the moment, and to develop a high level of professionalism.”
Therapeutic Recreation Student Anne Glover completed a 16week therapeutic recreation internship at Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis. She helped the center launch a music program for dementia patients to help them with memory.
Her greatest accomplishment came helping Walker Methodist launch a Music and Memory Program, the goal of which is to improve the quality of life for residents with dementia. Compiling the music for this project involved interviews with residents and their families. Glover gave each resident a specially prepared iPod shuffle — containing the music they love — which led to a profound transformation. “There were behavior changes that families hadn’t seen for years —clapping, smiling, bobbing heads, tapping feet and dancing,” notes Glover. “Family and staff alike were wowed by it.” Glover is currently employed at Walker Methodist as a Therapeutic Recreation Assistant. See the change: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTTIKBp0mdg&feature=youtu.be
MORE ABOUT THE RECREATION MANAGEMENT AND THERAPEUTIC RECREATION PROGRAM ON PAGE 3 >>
Published on Jun 22, 2015
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