We were informed that we would be going to work with geriatrics at a day center. From our Canadian experiences we perceived a geriatric center as a long term care facility. To our surprise we were led by Miss Janelle into a steep broken backalley-like trail to arrive at our destination. The hot humid temperatures in conjunction with our trek showed us what it is like to literally sweat buckets. Upon arriving our classmates and geriatric clients were awaiting in an open dirt court in the center of the community.  From our etic perspective, we were suprised that their was no long term care facilities that existed within their communities.  From an emic perspective, it is tradition to respect their elderly family members by taking care of them at home.  We observed the Nursing students give an arthritis education presentation targeted to adults aged 50 and over. It was an excellent tool for health promotion and illness prevention. We partnered up with the clients and assisted them with range of motion and stretching exercises to upbeat music. The families within this community also participated with this activity. A community leader worked with the nursing students to ensure this would be a sustainable program. Blood pressures were taken pre and post activity which we assisted with. This activity made us realize that through proper utilization of available community resources a healthful change can be implemented.

Later in the morning we met with the students that we will be partnering with for the remainder of our time in Antipolo to view how to conduct an ocular assessment or as we call it a windshield survey in our designated Barangay. We could appreciate the work required by the students because they were required to draw out a detailed map of the congested and intertwined houses within the community. Upon finishing our day we met with the Dean, President, and Vice President at the main (UERM) campus.

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