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In this experience, the students perform a social function of accompanying and providing emotional support to the elderly, facilitating a generational exchange. Students become aware of the needs of this group, which promotes commitment to ethics and social responsibility as citizens and as professionals. It also allows students to observe how the multidisciplinary team works in a geriatric residence, especially the centre’s psychologist. This makes it easier for students to contribute useful knowledge acquired to the subjects and to work on other practical and professional skills. This S-L activity is part of an optional subject of the Psychology Degree, which takes place in the first semester of the fourth year, and have 6 ECTS. This makes it easier for students to acquire a broader view of the psychologist’s activity, which covers several aspects within the geriatric field. Specifically, aspects linked to psychomotor skills, cognitive and socio-affective assessment, and psychological intervention are worked on. This experience allows the student to provide a social service to the community, given that institutionalized seniors often feel alone and disconnected from the rest of society. Some students have established bonds with the residents and continue to visit them after the experience is over, decide to volunteer in this area or consider it a new potential option for their future career.
The community partners are: Fundació Catalunya la Pedrera – Espai Social Tarragona, Gent Gran Activa – Llar municipal, Residència Assistida- Llar Conca de Barberà, Residència Assistida Mare de Déu de la Mercè, Residència Gent Gran de Reus, Residència Jaume I de l’Espluga de Francolí, Residència Nostrallar.

Country: Spain

Year: 2019-2020

Institution: Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV)

Contact person: Fabia Morales Vives

Email: fabia.morales@urv.cat

# of students: 23

Interaction with beneficiaries: Face-to-face

Academic Degree: Undergraduate

Discipline(s): Psychology |Medicine and health

Community Service Area & ODS:  Good health and well-being

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