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Time-Out Respite Program from the National Center for Creative Aging

Dr. Vanessa Jones Briscoe - April 13, 2016 03:35 PM

Hi my name is Vanessa and I have some exciting information to share; thanks to the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) initiative.  I am the Department Chair of Aging Studies at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) located in Daytona Beach, FL.  Our students graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aging Studies; and are compassionate and anxious to help older adults as they move into their career path of gerontology. 
We started an intergeneration project; called Time-Out Respite Program (Time-Out). Students are matched with a hospice client to provide “companion care” and relieve the caregiver during their assigned visits. Time-Out had a positive impact on clients, caregivers and students. Students reported forming meaningful relationships with their families and noted better understanding of the strengths of older adults as well as the challenges they face at end-of-life. They (the students) were always seeking ways to engage their clients in meaningful activities.

Meanwhile, B-CU initiated another out-reach to educate Caregivers in our community. And as luck would have it, I became an Ambassador for the NCCA Creative Caregiving Guide (launched nationally in October, 2015). The NCCA Creative Caregiving Guide© is a FREE, web-based and community-shared resource specially designed for both family and professional caregivers of adults who live with Alzheimer's disease and related cognitive disorders. This tool (I thought) would be perfect for my students to interact with their clients in the Time-Out program and the Caregivers in our community. The leadership of the NCCA has agreed to help us put our plans into action at the stage play “Forget Me Not”. The performance is Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  The play will be held at B-CU Performing Arts Center. For more information call 202-349-3803. Please join us for the kick-off and be prepared to have a “Good Time”!

Vanessa Jones Briscoe, PhD, MSN, ARN is Department Chair, Aging Studies and Associate Professor at College of Health Sciences at Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL.

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