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Students Care Internationally for Older Adults

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During March 8-15, 2019, six students and two faculty from the nursing department engaged in a health mission trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Over 487 patients were seen during the week ranging in ages from 3 months to 99 years. Students truly appreciated how different healthy aging can look in different areas of the world.

blog-2.jpgThe typical chronic diseases we see in America are not as prevalent in Cochabamba, Bolivia. As a matter of fact, older adults in Bolivia are living healthy well into their 90's due to a relatively healthy diet and many hours spent walking and physically working. Although considered a third world country, Bolivia boasts some of the longest surviving individuals.

students with elder

On a previous trip, students cared for a man who was 102 years of age and walked 5 miles down a mountain to come to the clinic. Bolivia does have a national Medicare type system for adults once they reach the age of 60; however, due to the relative costs of healthcare, many older adults are not able to afford routine preventative care. It is only through charitable health mission work that many of the adults receive basic health care.

For More Information

Contact Carolynn DeSandre
Assistant Dean, College of Health Sciences & Professions

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