Natalie Helbling

Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Minor/option/emphasis: Select a minor
Company/Organization: Northcrest Community
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Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer 2023
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My primary role is to assist the life enrichment coordinator in organization and implementation of activities and events at Northcrest. As an activities intern I work primarily in Northcrest’s health center, memory care unit, and assisted living. I do a wide range of activities from bingo, to indoor bowling, and much more.


My greatest accomplishment is the connections I have formed. Every day I try to put a smile on a residents face because nothing makes me happier than seeing them have a good time since I have gotten to know them. While I know I can’t do a whole lot for them at this stage in life I can try to make sure they have a positive time each day.

Learning experience

My greatest lesson is patience. While this might be a given a different type of patience is needed for older adults. They have different needs, experience, and attitudes than when you are working with kids or families. Having patience when caring or working with older adults can make your experience a 100 times easier.

What advice would you give?

Step out of your comfort zone. Whatever it is always be willing to try something new. I’ve never worked with older adults and have loved every minute of it. An internship is a learning experience so be willing to learn and try something new.

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