The Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) is a student organization with a special interest in gerontological nursing and the older adult population. It is dedicated to enhancing knowledge about nursing roles and the science and practice of quality nursing care for older adults. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students make the GIG the largest of 21 groups at the School of Nursing. Students meet monthly to hear guest speakers, dialogue about issues related to aging, enjoy dinner and a movie, and plan service projects.
Activities and Events:
- Senior Prom: Annual Valentine-themed dance where nursing students socialize with—and learn from—seniors living in the Apostolic Towers, a high-rise for low-income, older adults in East Baltimore
- Spa Day: Students pamper older adults at local retirement communities
- Intergenerational cooking events: Students host middle schoolers and seniors for an afternoon of healthy cooking
- Service learning events: Students conduct blood pressure and other health screenings, teach older adults about managing medical conditions, visit homebound adults, and participate in health and wellness education