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Riverside County Community Agencies Participate in Senior Sensitivity Training Provided by SCAN Health Plan
Date:9/16/2009

HEMET, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to better serve Riverside-area seniors, the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force recently hosted an interactive senior sensitivity training workshop for various local community organizations. Among those taking part in the day's workshop at the Hemet Workforce Development Center were staff members from the Riverside County Office on Aging, Department of Public Social Services and Moreno Valley Police Department.

The award-winning Trading Ages(TM) workshop, sponsored by SCAN Health Plan, provides participants the opportunity to literally "walk in the shoes of a senior" through a series of hands-on exercises and sensory perception education.

"Through this program SCAN provides an invaluable opportunity to feel, see and hear the common physical and emotional challenges that are a part of the aging process," said Valerie Wheat, program manager, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. "As society ages it is incumbent upon all of us to better understand what it's like to grow older and raise our level of appreciation for seniors and what they confront."

"With our society rapidly aging, this type of education across all ages and industries is more important than ever," said Sherry Stanislaw, senior vice president of the nonprofit SCAN Health Plan who created the Trading Ages(TM) program. "As a health plan focused exclusively on the needs of seniors, SCAN is in a unique position to help people understand more about the aging process. We are especially pleased to be providing this training to people who interact with and serve seniors on a daily basis."

To mimic the difficulties experienced with arthritis, for example, program participants were asked to don heavy, clumsy gloves and then button their shirts or open medication bottles and handle small pills. Participants also put popcorn in their
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