Notre Dame students Amanda LaPorte and Nicholas Pietrini, are spending eight weeks this summer finding the answer to that question at the Friendship Centers’ Healthy Aging Clinic in Sarasota.
Pictured here with Medical Director Albert Tripodi, Amanda and Nicholas are participating in Notre Dame’s Summer Service Learning Program, working with and learning from the clinic staff and the medically needy older adults they serve. The students are sponsored and hosted by Notre Dame Alumni Clubs.
The course is offered through the Notre Dame Center for Social Concerns.
The Friendship Centers clinics, staffed by volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, dental assistants and hygienists, and clinic aides, are considered a national model for delivery of care to older adults in need. Students contemplating a career in healthcare, benefit immeasurably from the wisdom of volunteer medical professionals who enjoy the opportunity to practice for the sheer love of medicine.
About Peg Palmer
Peg Palmer is director of communications and public education for the Friendship Centers. She has been with Senior Friendship Centers since 1996, and is editor of Prime Times, published by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.