Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE) Program
Medical, nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant, social work, dietetic, and physical therapy students enrolled at UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and TCU can participate in the Seniors Assisting in Geriatric Education (SAGE) Program. During the first and second years of education, these health profession students from UNTHSC and TCU are paired with a volunteer senior citizen from Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, Inc. (MOWI), Senior Citizen’s Services (SCS), the UNTHSC Geriatrics Clinic, and local senior living communities. The SAGE Program consists of an educational curriculum and community based outreach experience aimed at increasing student opportunity for early exposure to older adults and issues in geriatrics. The program strives to create meaningful relationships with an interprofessional health profession team of students with the goal of gaining knowledge about the needs of today’s senior population while guiding the next generation of healthcare professions. The education component involves health care profession students interacting with each other and their senior mentors through structured assignments delivered in the home environment. Students participate in SAGE through enrollment in the undergraduate and graduate courses. There are more than 500 older adult volunteers and over 1,000 health profession students training in teams!
What Is WE HAIL Doing?
The United Way’s Area Agency on Aging (AAATC) evidence based programs, provided by Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, Inc. (MOWI) for medication management, Senior Citizen’s Services (SCS) for falls prevention and chronic disease self-management, and UNT Health Science Center’s (UNTHSC) health literacy initiative, will be integrated into the SAGE experience for the interprofessional health profession students.
Interprofessional teams of students will become more familiar with community evidence-based programs for older adults in order to recommend and encourage participation, will understand the importance in assessing health literacy in older patients and the need for fall prevention, chronic disease self-management and cognitive assessments. They will also gain confidence in assessing these issues in geriatric patients.
As of now, WE HAIL has impacted over 700 students.
Testimonial from a health profession student:
“I will be more conscious of the type of treatment and different types of medications. I will be more vigilant for the different diseases that are more common in older patients, which may be overlooked by other providers.”
This program is only offered for UNTHSC and TCU health profession students.
This page was last modified on April 4, 2017