OLLI at Bradley University Visits

“The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is an organization of over 1000 Peoria-area residents, from age 50 to 98, who want to stay vital and active as they reach and enjoy retirement. One way to do that is to keep learning.”

OLLI’s 1100 active members are able to sign up for a variety of events that mix education with social elements. Many members participate because they want to learn about things they didn’t have the time for previously.

In the past, members have toured the Jump facility, but this time around, they were able to take the next step and get hands-on participation in a variety of stations.

Chest Compressions in Simulation

OLLI members discussing manikin with simulation specialistsSimulation education is one of the primary activities performed at Jump, and our guests were able to experience one first hand in our Regional Transport Center.

Our simulation specialists performed CPR on their “patient” who wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse – a manikin. They then facilitated a discussion about the techniques used to perform CPR, and how it has changed over time.

Some of the OLLI members said that they wanted to take CPR lessons after hearing the importance it holds in saving lives. They learned that there is low cost involved in getting trained through AMT, Red Cross, or even through OSF HealthCare.

The History of Body Snatching

OLLI members practicing suturing in skills labPerhaps one of the more interesting stations for our learners took place in the Anatomical Skills Lab. In there, they learned about the history of body procurement for anatomical dissection.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a large increase in the number of medical schools. In order to supply the schools, body snatching became prevalent, as there were no laws against it at the time.

In 1968, the United States passed the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA), which officially made body donation a right.

There are two programs in Illinois that manage the willed body donor program for medical, research, and educational institutions in Illinois: the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, and the Biological Resource Center of Illinois.

Both organizations play a vital role in the training of thousands of medical students and allied health professionals annually.

Anatomy Lesson

OLLI members learning anatomy with pig organs in anatomical skills labAfter the history lesson, the groups received an anatomical lesson of how the heart and lungs work, as demonstrated with pig organs. They even were able to appreciate the complexity of the human body as they gazed upon a cadaver.

“The most surprising thing I’ve learned today is that I wouldn’t get sick when I saw a body,” joked one of the attendees.

“But really, it was fascinating to see the construct of the inside of the human body,” she continued. “There’s so much inside of us, and to be able to see it and have it explained in a non-threatening way was really great.”

At the end of the day, everyone walked away impressed. As one member put it: “Today was very informative and worthwhile.”

Categories: Bradley University (BU), Education, Events, Regional Transport Center (RTC)