Emilia is a senior Therapeutic Recreation major with minors in Aging Studies and Outdoor Pursuits. She has a passion for the outdoors and using its therapeutic benefits for all. During her time at IC, she has been able to combine her major, minors, and passions into her academic studies and extracurricular pursuits.
This semester she worked with Dr. Elizabeth Bergman to study social isolation among older adults in care facilities, specifically focusing on the role of Recreational Therapy in promoting connections within facilities and communities. With COVID-19 prompting more social distancing and isolation, especially for the older population, Emilia said finding ways to connect with others has become even more important.
Recently, Emilia has been creating resources for older adults that provide tips and suggestions on ways to stay connected during this unprecedented time. She is also creating a weekly online meeting with Longview residents, hoping to eventually facilitate a Story Corps interview to document their stories and experiences.