School of Nursing students assist Senior Olympics
School of Nursing student Galina Palamarchuk pins a race number on 83-year-old Joe Fleischmann. Mr. Fleischmann is a Senior Olympics regular and was the oldest participant.
Several School of Nursing students were on hand to assist with the Senior Olympics held at Drayson Center on October 1.
Eleven students from the Nrsg 309 Older Adult class spent their Sunday morning at the Drayson Center outdoor track helping participants in the 5k/10k walk/run.
According to Cathy Horinouchi, MS, RN, assistant professor, School of Nursing, this is one of the ways LLU students give service to the community of seniors.
“Many students who take our gerontological nursing course view older adults as weak and frail,” says Ms. Horinouchi.
“The Senior Olympics gives our students a living example of active, healthy senior citizens. Students quickly realize that these athletes are in better physical shape than they are. It is an inspiring experience for us all!”
Students from the School of Nursing have been participating in the annual Senior Olympics 5K/10K walk/run for the past six years. The nursing students are paired up with each participant, count laps, provide water and snacks, and cheer them on.
The Senior Olympics for San Bernardino County runs for one entire week, usually from the first Sunday of October, with events throughout San Bernardino.
By Dustin R. Jones, MA
School of Nursing students pose for a photo with Senior Olympics participants following the 5K/10K walk/run event.