Senior Prom: Nursing Student Association (NSA) Holds Annual Event
JMU’s Nursing Student Association (NSA) held their yearly event, called “Senior Prom” in October. This prom is not for high school students, however. NSA invites local senior centers to participate. This year’s theme was Monster Mash and the room was full of orange and black balloons. Many of the approximately 150 seniors attending dressed up in costume for the occasion. Several witches, a red riding hood and a few monsters were present this year. A free lunch was provided, many door prizes were given out, but the main event is always the dancing. Numerous senior citizens attending participate in dancing, such as the Macarena and the Electric Slide. Prizes were also award to the best dressed female, male and couple and prom photos for taken of anyone who wanted to participate. The best part of the event is that it is intergenerational and free.
During the first semester of the James Madison University Nursing Program, students get the opportunity to visit a local senior center on a weekly basis. This time involves interacting with active senior citizens and learning about the aging process. An important goal is to stimulate social interactions and physical activity among the aging populations in our community. Students often build lasting connections, resulting in a rewarding experience for both senior and student. The Senior Prom brings together the JMU Nursing students and the local seniors for a wonderful sharing experience. The first Senior Prom was held in 2005; this marks the 7th year of Senior Prom. One local community supporter, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, contributed toward the prom. The remainder of the event was paid for by the JMU NSA.