Again this year, Anderson University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is offering Senior Adults from First Baptist Greenville the opportunity to partner with first-year students in their SPICE of Life (Senior Partners in Clinical Education of Life) program. This program is designed to involve older adults and students throughout their first year of physical therapy curriculum to provide feedback as students learn clinical skills and lend spiritual and psychological support as the students complete the rigors of graduate school training. Last year, students reported that practicing with SPICE partners in class helped them with communication and confidence while working with patients in real-life situations in the clinic. Program Chair Dr. Martha Hinman said, “Preliminary results of the SPICE program suggest that students’ interactions with senior partners help develop more positive attitudes toward providing health care to the older adult population.”
As a result of First Baptist Senior Adults’ involvement in the SPICE program from Anderson University, over 40 students and professors spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day at First Baptist Greenville working to help get things ready for the 2021 Yard Sale. They priced items, placed them in boxes and stacked them in the yard sale storage room. In all, they packed over 100 boxes, moved furniture and displayed it for the upcoming sale. Most of the students worked from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon at First Baptist.
Do you qualify to volunteer?
• Be 55 years of age or older
• Live in the Greater Greenville area
• Have access to transportation to the University Center of Greenville and other sites
• Be a Christian
• Be in relatively good health
• Have no recent falls or injuries
• Enjoy interacting with young adults
How do you apply?
For more information on the application process, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 233-2527 ext. 125) or Amy Joye (email@example.com or 233-2527 ext. 111). Brochures can be picked up from the counter of the work room behind the reception desk.