McKenna McClellan

Bowling Green State University

Summer 2016

“The Ohio Scholars Program allowed me to not only share what I learned, it also allowed me to hear what others learned through their internships.”

I had the pleasure of working at Brookdale Senior Living in Bowling Green, OH for my internship. I assisted the activities department with planning for both the assisted living section and the memory care section of their facility. In total the facility can hold about 70 residents between the two sections.

I helped to implement such programs as the Memorial Day Service event. Brookdale puts on an event each year to remember the residents who are no longer with us. They say a couple of poems during the ceremony and at the end they have a butterfly release! I was the photographer for the event and the pictures turned out pretty well! The ceremony was followed by dinner in the dining room of the assisted living section. I also spent time with the residents and helped with daily programs such as crafts, outings and musical entertainment.

Working at Brookdale helped me to learn that in order to provide person centered care you must get to know your residents. I have taken this lesson into my current job as an activity director in Napoleon, OH. I look forward to advancing in my position and implementing all of the knowledge learned from my internship.

The Ohio Scholars Program allowed me to not only share what I learned, it also allowed me to hear what others learned through their internships. It was very interesting to see how studying aging can lead people on many different career paths.