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Therapeutic Recreation

4 things I’ve learned about combined delivery

I chose my area of study, Therapeutic Recreation (Gerontology) because it aligns nicely with my goals and sensibilities. In selecting this track, however, I had to consider the nature of the course itself. Therapeutic Recreation is one of nine “combined delivery” programs at Stenberg College, which means this program is a hybrid of online and in-person courses. We’ve had an…
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Meet Jennifer

It’s a long way from Catterick, Yorkshire, England to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. While the thought of sharing every detail of my life from day one to day 16,780 is appealing and would certainly be a trip, I will spare you the monologue and do what writers dream of, i.e. keeping it short and sweet (at least…
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Meet our Therapeutic Recreation Blogger: Bernard

I’ve always been drawn to the journey. As an over-the-road trucker in the US, I drove in 28 of 50 US states. As a bike messenger in New York City, I rode every shortcut, alley and avenue Manhattan had to offer. But it was a job driving for Gator City Cabs in Jacksonville, Florida, where happenstance first turned my eye…
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True Story: I changed me with Therapeutic Recreation

It was a day like any other. I was a little fed up with the same old routine and found myself wondering what else might be out there. I was stopped at a red light behind a big blue bus and there I saw, staring back at me, a large advertisement for Stenberg College. The tagline read: “I Changed Me.” In…
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Therapeutic Recreation: One of the Fastest Growing Careers in Healthcare

There is no better time to study therapeutic recreation. Canada’s aging population needs professionals who understand gerontology, and value the wellbeing of their community’s seniors. Therapeutic recreation focuses on effectively using recreational activities to promote these seniors’ optimal health, in a compassionate, “person-centred” way. Once you start your program, you will learn the methods, processes, and attitudes necessary to make…
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‘Dementia Villages’: A New Frontier for Grads of Gerontology Training

Managing the growing population of elderly patients with dementia in Canada is one of the biggest challenges currently facing our health services. The Alzheimer Society estimates that one in twenty people over the age of 65, and as many as one in four of those over 85, suffer from some form of dementia. With that in mind, healthcare officials are…
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Dementia Explained: A Gerontologist’s Guide to Types and Causes

This September marks the fourth international World Alzheimer’s Month—a time for care professionals to reflect on the progressive dementia affecting more and more people worldwide. If you’re considering a diploma in gerontology, this month offers an opportunity to learn about a disease impacting many of the patients you’ll encounter throughout your career. Understanding its causes will allow you to approach…
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3 Reasons Therapeutic Recreation is Important for Seniors

Many seniors, especially those in long-term care systems, spend a substantial amount of time being cared for by various healthcare professionals. While frequent visits with doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and other professionals are essential to maintaining good health, spending so much time discussing health ailments can become quite tiring. Therapeutic recreation focuses on finding leisure activities that seniors can participate in,…
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3 Influential Trends in Gerontology

British Columbia’s elderly population is increasing, and as more and more people retire, there is a greater demand for gerontology workers. The term gerontology was coined just over 100 years ago, and refers to the study of the cognitive, physical and psychological effects of aging. Given it is a fairly new area of study, scientists, researchers and doctors are continuously…
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And that’s a wrap!

As I looked over the last of my schoolwork a couple weeks ago, it started to sink in that the work was actually over. That I had made it through the program, relatively unscathed. But it wasn’t until I signed the paperwork for my new job that it really hit me: I had not only completed the Therapeutic Recreation Program…
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