Seniors benefiting from program at A-State

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Students at Arkansas State University receiving hands-on experience in the medical field.

Shawn Drake, chair of the physical education program, said the Healthy Ager program pairs students up with seniors over the age of 60 in five different programs. Those programs are physical therapy, nursing, nutrition, social work, and clinical lab science.

Drake said the students give their senior one-on-one care to keep them active and healthy.

Lorene Hamilton, who is 100-years-old, is taking part in the program for the first time.

"It's something that will help all of us, all of us as we get older," Hamilton said. "Even with things you need to start with when you are young. And I found out that the people who work here are just lovely. And it is just an interesting thing to do, and it's a lot of help."

Hamilton said having a program like this is beneficial. She encourages all seniors to take advantage of the program.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android