• Julia Bidelman

Gerontology Club Gives Back to Elderly of Olivet and Surrounding Community

Gerontology is the study of aging, including its social, psychological, cognitive, and biological aspects, according to MedicineNet.com. A new club at Olivet College was created in early November of 2019 to study this topic. The club currently has 13 members.

Marrissa Pritchard, junior and president of the Gerontology Club, said that she started this club because she wanted people on campus to be more involved and educated on gerontology.

Pritchard said, “So far we haven’t been able to do much, but our goal is to give back to the elderly in our community and also surrounding ones.”

Junior Brianna Sevcech, vice president of the Gerontology Club, said, “Since each person in our club has a different profession, we are trying to include each major with the club as well.” Sevcech also said, “Some people in the Gerontology Club are physical therapy majors and we will be allowing them to visit homes when the elder are participating in their routine therapy, and another member is also going into the dental field and we provided them with an opportunity to see the oral care given to those in homes.”

Katherine Jones, nursing and gerontology professor, said the Gerontology Club was formed by students who are working on the gerontology minor. Jones said, “They want to spread knowledge about gerontology as a minor and a science, and to assist the elderly in the Olivet and Eaton County area. As I am the instructor for the gerontology courses they asked me to be the faculty advisor.”