UCLA students, who are trained before the first session on how to appropriately interact with patients living with Alzheimer's and dementia, are recruited to meet with seniors at a senior center for three hours, twice a week.
All students in the program are trained before the first session on how to appropriately interact with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
During a nine-month period, 50 students provided companionship for 26 seniors, totaling 1,593 hours of respite for caregivers.
Some group activities include Bingo, dancing, and stretching. Individual activities include coloring, card games, paintings, scrabble, and conversation.
By pairing seniors and students based on similar interests, careers, and hobbies, TimeOut@UCLA provides a community-based intergenerational companionship and respite service that promotes positive views of working with the elderly among college students.
In addition, the seniors, who have many years of career experience,provide mentorship to the students.
For example, a student who wants to be a physician can be matched up with a senior who formerly worked as a physician and can provide insight on different career paths in medicine or their experience working as a doctor.