Susan Widener, Meghan Anglin, and Brittany Snedeker, students at Misericordia University are pursuing Masters of Science degrees in Occupational Therapy.
Pictured are a few tote bag samples recently made by residents in the students’ Level I Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Program at The Gardens at Tunkhannock.
With the help of facility’s Activity Director, Kelly Grigalunas, and under the on-site supervision of Professor Grace Fisher, the students developed and are leading a 12 week Tuesday morning program for the residents this fall called “Mind, Movement, and Music.”
The program began with light stretching exercises which then led to “easy wheelchair jitterbug dancing” done in a seated position. Student Meghan Anglin led residents in the wheelchair dancing after researching a variety of jitterbug dance moves. The students then provided the residents with trivia questions related to history, people, and other interesting happenings from the 1940’s.
The students also discussed ways to keep one’s mood “up” and happy. The morning ended with residents decorating tote bags with an optional t-shirt project for interested male residents. The students also observe and receive instruction from The Gardens at Tunkhannock’s Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy staff members, making it a well-rounded experience.