In Their Shoes: NTC Hosts Inaugural Hands-On Gerontology Learning Day

Gerontology Learning Day
Kleeb, Potratz and Unzeitig.

Northwest Technical College’s pilot class of gerontology students gathered on campus for the program’s inaugural hands-on learning day on June 1.

After a welcome from NTC’s gerontology faculty Dr. Wendy Potratz and Alicia Carley, the students completed a dementia lab where they were dressed in simulation equipment and instructed to complete a number of tasks. They also met with guest speakers including Connie Norman, community health worker at Bemidji’s Sanford Health, and Jenn Cole, caregiver advocate from Northwoods Caregivers in Bemidji, who discussed local resources for aging adults.

The day came to a close with additional aging simulators for Parkinson’s disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vision and more.