Friday, November 15, 2019

August 2015

Many county residents know the vast array of services provided by the Commission on Aging.  County residents know that our mission is to offer services that promote independence, provide volunteer opportunities and present a positive image of aging.

A little known service that the agency provides is that of mentor.  Each August many Central Michigan University students from numerous disciplines work with the agency staff to put a practical understanding on their educational experience.  Students may be involved with the Case Management Programs, Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, the Nutrition Programs and the Volunteer Programs.

Students involved in internships have opportunities to accompany staff on site visits with the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion programs, provide information on healthy living to participants of the congregate nutrition sites, accompany staff social workers on home visits, provide training and educational information to agency volunteers and participate in caregiver training seminars.

With each of these learning experiences, student interns gain a first-hand understanding of the aging process and also come to an awareness of the issues involved in funding  aging services on the federal, state and local levels.  Internships give students very practical experiences for many fields of study.  Internships provide new insight and energy for the staff.  Most important, internships help to assure a generation of caring, committed professionals ready to work with and then assume the roles of those presently caring for our older residents.

Thanks to the partnership of Central Michigan University and the Isabella County Commission on Aging, many communities will have the benefit of graduates with an excellent education grounded with practical experience.

Barb Frankenfield, In-Home Services Program Coordinator