Service Learning Project Ensures Safety for Seniors Physical therapist assistant (PTA) students from MDC’s Medical Campus put their training to work recently during a service learning project at the City of Miami’s West End Park. Preparing an extensive presentation on fall prevention, they showed seniors how to prevent hazardous falls, which can be a major reason for severe injuries, long rehabilitation or even death. Audience participation was encouraged, with demonstrations showing attendees the proper way to get up from a resting position on a bed or a chair without falling, and using a reacher to grasp objects that are out of reach, rather than risking losing balance by overextending. In addition, thanks to a donation from Patterson Medical, MDC students examined assistive devices that the seniors had brought with them, ensuring they were safe and functioning properly, and replacing worn tips for their devices. To conclude the presentation, the students led a balance class to demonstrate some exercises that the attendees could do at home. “Our students truly shined,” said Dr. Marlene Carmona, the MDC professor coordinating the physical therapist assistant program. To learn more about the PTA program or the 22 other medical- related programs offered at MDC’s Medical Campus, visit www.mdc.edu/medical or call 305-237-4141.
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