WAUKESHA, WIS.— Senior citizens who participate in activities at the Adult Day Center at Milwaukee’s United Community Center benefited this summer from personal and group exercise and physical therapy by Carroll University physical therapy students.
A total of 56 students in Carroll’s Physical Therapy Teaching Laboratory Practice worked with the seniors in group exercise. The students also conducted a fitness assessment on each senior to measure their progress throughout the summer.
The project is part of the Carroll’s Physical Therapy Service Learning program, which helps develop clinical skills through experiential learning. The course uses a service-learning model that combines community service with specific learning objectives, preparation and reflection.
The program also focused on helping the students gain a practical cross-cultural experience and to learn how to implement exercises with a client-focused and culturally sensitive approach.