Geriatric Health & Wellness

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Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611 

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Michele Suhie, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Program Coordinator
Tel:  203-371-7920
suhiem@sacredheart.edu

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People over the age of 65 make up one of the fastest growing segments of the population of many industrialized nations. The great Geriatricsvariation in health, daily function, cognition, social roles, and living conditions among these older adults requires that allied health, medical, social service, social science, health education, health management, and movement science professionals develop the competence to address the unique needs of this age group.

The Geriatric Health and Wellness Program is designed to provide a scope of undergraduate and graduate studies that engages the student in the current evidence of normal and abnormal aging, community, health care delivery systems, ethics and other pertinent topics. An understanding of wellness and health promotion for older adults, functional decline risks, provision of care to elders with disability, the changing societal roles of the elder individual, and the factual aspects of the aging process will prepare professionals as providers and advocates for this population.

Our program also provides opportunities for service and leadership, through our student-led geriatrics club: S.M.I.L.E. This club is guided by its name, which stands for 'Students Making an Impact in the Lives of Elders'. The focus of the club is to create awareness of aging issues on campus and in the surrounding community, while also serving older adults in the campus-area. The club organizes programs on campus to educate the community about aging and ageism, in addition to sponsoring activities at local long term care facilities and volunteer opportunities to assist community dwelling older adults. For information about joining the club, please contact the chapter advisor, Prof. Michele Suhie.

Based on the latest philosophies guiding this field of study, the experience of the faculty spans Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Care Management and Administration, Nursing, Exercise and Life Science. This program incorporates a host of innovations to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century geriatric care:

  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning, providing the wide array of knowledge required to minister to a broad diversity of conditions, from chronic ailments to acute illness.
  • A Contemporary Curriculum rooted in "evidence-based" practice leading to more effective evaluations, critical thinking, interventions, management decisions, and outcomes.
  • An Integrated Philosophy which emphasizes building/working with an effective interdisciplinary team, and promoting health/wellness by considering a multitude of options, including therapeutic, medical and holistic care, access and systems.

Moreover, it is our firm belief that those who successfully complete the program will emerge as leaders of health-care teams, effective advocates for the elderly and their families, sophisticated care providers, knowledgeable managers of comprehensive and particular care setting, and respected innovators whose ideas and work have a positive and lasting effect on geriatric health-care.

Geriatric Health & Wellness Programs Offered

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SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”