“Although I have previous hands-on work experience at a dementia day-program, I was really looking for more background experience in the field, and my volunteer position at the local Alzheimer Society has been amazing for that.”
Brooke DeGraaf is a fourth-year Psychology student and an undergraduate associate of the Trent Centre for Aging & Society. She supports various learning programs such as “First Steps” and “Care Essentials” as an assistant to the Public Education Coordinator at the Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton.
During a typical volunteer shift she puts together resource packages for clients and updates and develops fact sheets for the Society. Through her involvement with the Alzheimer Society, Ms. DeGraaf has been able to take her learning to the next level.
“The knowledge I’ve gained while at the Alzheimer Society has really supplemented what I have learned in the classroom through the aging studies courses offered at Trent. I now feel more prepared to enter a Masters or post-graduate program in Aging Studies.”
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