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December 9, 2013

Lidiann Lopez: Alzheimer’s Association
Interning with the Alzheimer's Association.

Interning with the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Name: Lidiann Lopez

Hometown: Ipswich, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Latin American Studies

Internship Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establishing relationships with Spanish-speaking families affected by Alzheimer’s disease to provide information about supportive services
  • Planning a fundraising and awareness event at Assumption College
  • Creating and updating a database of Latino-based organizations
  • Reaching out to Hispanic churches in Worcester

 

Blog:

The Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of research, supportive services, and awareness of Alzheimer’s. The organization focuses on providing the best care for those facing the challenges of the disease; the organization envisions a world free of Alzheimer’s.

 

As the Latino Outreach Intern, I have had the opportunity to use my Spanish-speaking skills to help the Alzheimer’s Association break through communication barriers to the Hispanic community affected by the disease. An experience that has left a deep impression on me was the moment when I received negative feedback from a client who expressed the painful frustration that surrounds this disease. The affliction Alzheimer’s imposes on families was revealed to me in this eye-opening experience.

 

During my internship experience I have utilized the interpersonal communication skills I acquired throughout my studies to better communicate with my supervisor, interns, and especially, the Hispanic community of Worcester. The benefits of a major in Organizational Communication became clear during this experience because I had the ability to effectively understand and exchange information as I established new relationships.

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