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Graduate Students Hand Over Semester's Work to Local Nonprofit Monday
4/19/2006

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites media representatives to attend a special presentation at the Senior Friendship Centers of Lee County at 9 a.m., Monday, April 24 at the SFC Carrell Street conference room when FGCU graduate students hand over a comprehensive consulting report they completed during the spring semester as volunteers for the nonprofit agency.

"This is a phenomenal project for us at SFC and an opportunity for students to see the 'real' world of providing service," SFC regional director Nancy Green-Irwin said. "FGCU's students can really make a difference in the community to organizations like ours that struggle with the demands for services versus the available resources."

The students completed the project as part of the FGCU course Programs and Services for Older Adults.

Working in teams, the students researched in detail several areas for the SFC including elder nutrition, healthy aging and supportive aging. Students wrote a local services assessment, composed a comprehensive literature review and recommended a continuum of programs and services.

Another team compiled all of the information into a professional consultant's report and accompanying slide presentation, which will be unveiled Monday to key management staff at the SFC.

"These are experienced graduate students studying gerontology at FGCU and they have worked extremely hard to help this local agency," said Linda L. Buettner, professor of Health Sciences and director of the FGCU Center for Positive Aging.

"Senior Friendship staff have worked closely with my students on the project and it is an outstanding example of how FGCU and the community can connect and help each other."

Established in 1979, the Senior Friendship Centers of Lee County annually provides resources for more than 4,500 elderly clients that help them to live with independence and dignity.

For more information, media representatives should contact Buettner at (941) 883-2425.


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