College students raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association

Students in Anoka Technical College’s Occupational Therapy Assistants program raised more than $1,000 recently for the Alzheimer’s Association at the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

The students participated in the walk by requesting donations from family and friends, many of whom donated in memory of loved ones who died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Students who were unable to attend the event participated by donating money.

“More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and another 11 million Americans act as caregivers for a loved one with the disease,” said Bobbie Miller, a faculty member in the program. “This is a condition that our students will definitely become involved with. We’re proud of the difference our students are making. This fundraising project demonstrates their commitment to improving the health and well-being in our communities.”

The fundraising initiative was one of several community service projects sponsored by TeCOTA, the student club for occupational therapy assistant students. The captain of the Alzheimer’s Walk Team was Cassie Budinger.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and another 11 million Americans act as caregivers for a loved one with the disease.  

Students who complete the two-year program earn an associate in applied science degree. Course work includes general education courses, occupational therapy theory and skill building courses, as well as on-the-job experiences.

Occupational therapy assistants work with registered occupational therapists to provide hands-on services to children and adults who are learning new ways to succeed in the occupations of life. Some work in schools with students who have learning disabilities or behavioral problems. Others work with children who have cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Practitioners also work with individuals in their homes, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes. In these settings, they may support people with traumatic injuries, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease or mental health problems.

For more information about the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Anoka Technical College, visit www.anokatech.edu/ProgramsCourses/HealthandHumanServices/OccupationalTherapyAssistant.aspx

 College students raise funds for Alzheimer’s Association  (from left) Jami Eilers and daughter, Chelsea Wingenbach; Rachel Vaughn, Crystal Yaekel holding Rachel’s son and Crystal’s husband Ben. (Not pictured: Cassie Budinger)
 (front row, from left) Jami Eilers and daughter, Chelsea Wingenbach; Rachel and son, Occupational Therapy Program Staff member; Meghan Anderson and daughter. Back Row is Krista Lazzari and husband, Lindsay Barker, Crystal Yaekel and husband. (Not pictured: Cassie Budinger)  Alzheimers Walk 2013News.jpg

 

 



 

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