Being a member of the Geriatric Group on campus is a leadership activity because I will be going out into the community to volunteer my time. We are volunteering to make sure older adults have a better quality of life through various activities. I am taking the initiative to go out and help, listen, and advocate for older adults. This is important to me because I eventually want to work with older adults and I want them to be heard. Many people overlook the older population and stereotype them as stuck in their ways, bitter at the world, and negative. They contribute to our lives and impact us in many different ways: they are a wellspring of great advice, and they are very encouraging.
Each member of the Geriatric Interest Group is also a member of the American Geriatrics Society (free sign-up at www.americangeriatrics.org).