Friday, 16 February 2018 20:12

New Vision Students Learn About Realities, Strategies for Memory Loss

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Julie Chetney, director of St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence, talks to New Vision Allied Health students about the realities of dementia and memory loss. “We can’t fix what’s going on in their brains but we can hopefully make things a little easier for them and less stressful for you,” said Chetney. Julie Chetney, director of St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence, talks to New Vision Allied Health students about the realities of dementia and memory loss. “We can’t fix what’s going on in their brains but we can hopefully make things a little easier for them and less stressful for you,” said Chetney. Submitted photo

More than half the hands in the classroom go up when guest speaker Julie Chetney, Director of St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence, asks how many people have a friend or loved one affected by memory loss.

“We can’t fix what’s going on in their brains but we can hopefully make things a little easier for them and less stressful for you,” said Chetney.

The students in Psychology 100, one of the four programs offered on the campus of SUNY Oswego through CiTi’s New Vision Allied Health program, have been studying memory and memory loss.

New Visions Allied Health allows students who are considering health care as a career to earn college credit while still in high school. Students also participate in rotations in local health care facilities to get first-hand experience.

The career goals of the students in the class are varied: pharmacy, nursing, clinical lab studies – but Chetney’s presentation was geared for anyone who may find themselves dealing with a patient with dementia or other cognitive disorder.

Dianna Nesbitt, the class instructor, says New Vision is an opportunity to prepare students for challenging behaviors individuals they encounter may display.

“We want to prepare students as much as we can for what they might see out in the field,” said Nesbitt.

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