Gabriella Agostino

University of Toledo

2017

“The Ohio Scholars in Aging program was an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in the field of aging.”

I am currently completing my internship at the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services of Northwest Ohio, located in Toledo, Ohio. The organization runs an adult day center for participants who have a diagnosis of dementia and they also run a respite program. My internship has given me the opportunity to network and meet a variety of professionals in the aging community. I have learned a lot about the need for respite care and all the different programs that can be offered to our participants and their caregivers. The time I have spent at the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services has been a rewarding experience and the relationships I have fostered will not be forgotten.

Throughout my time at the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services, I had the experience of working on various tasks including; helping with the participants in the day center; attending board meetings, staff meetings, care conferences, and intakes; planning of the OAGE conference; analyzing information about our participants and assessing the needs of the participants and their caregivers. Analyzing each day center participant’s chart gave us a better idea of the population we are serving in our center and the actual needs of our participants. I was able to compare the data I found with data on day centers in Ohio and across the United States. Collecting this data gave me the opportunity to present it to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Services board members and present it at the OAGE Conference.

The Ohio Scholars in Aging program was an excellent opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in the field of aging. I was able to learn about different organizations and agencies serving older adults. The program allowed me to network with other students who were completing internships in the aging field. The Scholars program also gave me the opportunity to network with ODA staff and learn about innovative programs and services, as well as best practices in a changing aging environment. It provided a wonderful opportunity to develop and enhance my skills and abilities I will need to work in the aging field. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Ohio Scholars in Aging program this past spring.