Tennessee State University occupational therapy students Chelsea Gribbin, Patrick Connolly, and Erin Maessman prepare to begin their summer clinical training in geriatric occupational therapy at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Franklin (TN). For the fifth year in a row, TSU is partnering with the memory care community in order to give students real world job experience working with seniors. Lantern executive director and program director Ashley Briggs will lead a seminar on dementia for a group of more than 25 students, and they will have the opportunity to receive hands-on training and an inside look at the needs of memory care residents. After completing training, the students will develop activity programs based in occupational therapy for the community’s residents and associates. “We are so honored to be able to work with Tennessee State University and to help train the next generation of occupational therapists who will make a difference in the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Briggs says.
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