CAC workshop: Recreation for older adults

Helping older adults find fun and rewarding ways to spend their time is the topic Tuesday at a workshop hosted by UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community.

CAC buttonAimed at people and organizations that provide services to the aging, “Helping Professionals Help Older Adults Embrace a New Purpose: Recreation & Volunteerism” will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Schwitzer Student Center.

The speakers will include: Jeff Gilbert, manager of the Denton Senior Center in Denton, Texas, who will explore trends in older adult recreation and how to encourage older adults to embrace new experiences and find recreational activities they love; and Pat Gilbert, Network and Civic Engagement Director for The Oasis Institute, which engages volunteers in 43 cities in 28 states.

The cost is $20 for professionals and $10 for UIndy students. The event is supported by a generous contribution in memory of Nelle Worthington, longtime aging advocate and Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program employee. For more information and registration, visit

Nursing, St. Francis form new partnership

On-site degree program will address growing gap in primary care

As demand for primary healthcare services exceeds capacity, the University of Indianapolis and Franciscan St. Francis Health are expanding their educational partnership to help more nurses advance their careers and become family nurse practitioners.

Nurse practitioners can counteract the growing shortage of primary care physicians by providing such services as the initial evaluation of patients, ongoing care for chronic diseases and preventive screenings and immunizations.

In August 2013, under the new agreement, UIndy’s School of Nursing will begin offering Master of Science courses with the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at a Franciscan St. Francis education facility near its Indianapolis hospital at 8111 S. Emerson Ave.

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Three UIndy students earn Schweitzer honor


Three UIndy graduate students are among just 14 in Indiana selected for the 2012-2013 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship program, joining more than 200 Fellows nationwide who will work with community organizations to design and carry out service projects in health care for underserved communities.

Sara Harker and Micaela Hornstein, both students in UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy, will work to add physical therapy to the services at the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic on Indianapolis’ east side.


Christina Rajanayakam, who is studying Project Management for Human Services Professionals through UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community, will work with Aging and Community Services of South Central Indiana to improve hospital discharge procedures for older adults.

The fellowship includes a $3,000 stipend. Upon completing their fellowship year, the students will be Schweitzer Fellows for Life, a network of nearly 2,500 professionals committed to addressing the health needs of underserved people throughout their careers.


UIndy’s College of Health Sciences is a sponsor of Indiana’s Schweitzer program, launched in 2011. Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly serves on its advisory board.

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UIndy, St. Francis launch nursing partnership

On-site degrees, faculty exchanges link education with practice

The University of Indianapolis and Franciscan St. Francis Health have launched a partnership that creates a new level of collaboration between nursing education and the practice of health care in central Indiana.

At the core of the relationship are two UIndy degree programs, each accepting up to 30 students per year, with courses conducted on-site at St. Francis facilities for the convenience of working nurses who want to advance their careers. One cohort of registered nurses from St. Francis facilities began earlier this year pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. This fall, a group of nurses who already hold BSN degrees will enter an on-site Master of Science in Nursing program, with a choice of specializing in nursing education or health systems leadership, both high-demand areas.

“In the current healthcare marketplace, there’s a real need for nurses with the advanced preparation to take on management and administrative roles, as well as for educators who can prepare new generations of nurses and meet the workforce demand,” said Dr. Anne Thomas, dean of the UIndy School of Nursing.

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Alumni honored for service and achievement

African humanitarian activist Samuel Pieh has received the University of Indianapolis Distinguished Alumni Award for 2010.

Pieh, a Sierra Leone native who received his bachelor’s degree in biology from UIndy in 1972, has an extensive background of not-for-profit work to improve life for residents of West Africa. He has served as executive director of the Christian Health Association of Sierra Leone, which provides affordable healthcare services in his home country, and of Mid-South Africa Link, which supports African causes through partnerships with schools, businesses and other institutions. Pieh currently lives in Virginia, where he works as housing coordinator for the U.S. Embassy in Liberia.

The UIndy Alumni Association announced awards to Pieh and other alumni Friday night during its annual Honors & Recognition Banquet in Schwitzer Student Center, part of the university’s Alumni Weekend festivities. Other recipients included:

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Statewide conference on aging Nov. 10-11

CAC logoUIndy’s Center for Aging & Community is a lead organizer for the second Indiana Collaborative Conference on Aging, taking place Nov. 10 and 11 with information sessions and national speakers on a range of topics affecting the state’s growing population of older adults.
The conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East Hotel and Conference Center is designed for healthcare workers and administrators, social service professionals, government employees and policymakers, business professionals and entrepreneurs serving older adults, and students interested in aging issues. Education and networking opportunities are arranged into four topic areas: health and wellness, care and support, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and aging veterans’ issues. Continuing education credits are available.
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