Pre-med Students Aid Elderly Residents
Mount Holyoke College student Zahra Hanif, Isis Kayiga, Rosalind Mandelbaum, and Leah Dion developed an exercise program for seniors that integrates psychological, social and physical elements. “We will do wheelchair exercises that are cathartic,” said junior Rosalind Mandelbaum, a psychology major and prospective neurosurgeon. “…We will encourage movement and talk about how we feel when we move a certain way.” Leah Dion said, “I have made a good friend who is a bit hard of hearing.” Dion is a senior biology major who hopes to attend osteopathic school. “Osteopathy is a more holistic approach to medicine, and community service is part of the philosophy,” Dion said. Dion hopes to work in an under-served rural area after finishing osteopathic school.