Some students of our institute have designed and undertaken a prevention action targeting seniors.

Heloïse shares her experience with us.

“As part of the validation of the UE32, I participated in the creation and implementation of a prevention workshop addressing the perineum. So we went to the “Maison des Séniors” on February 4 to set up the action that we had prepared.

I chose to participate in this workshop because it allowed me to link my work in UE24 with this UE32 : indeed, with my group we had produced a prevention case on urinary incontinence with women runners. So I found it interesting to take part in this action in order to be able to use the knowledge that I was able to acquire during the preparation of the prevention case.

So we got together to share our ideas, what seemed relevant and possible to do depending on the people who were going to participate in the workshop, the equipment we had and the space available to us …

We therefore decided to divide our intervention into three parts:

  • The first part with all the participants where we introduced ourselves, we explained them why we were there and the theme of the workshop. Then we gave them a brief presentation of the perineum, its usefulness, its action … so that they have basic knowledge before proceeding with the following workshops. We also presented them with a leaflet that we made, to give them a little visual reminder of everything we would have seen during the afternoon.
  • Subsequently, we split the group into 2 to offer them two different workshops :
  • A workshop where we presented them exercises to work and strengthen their perineum. This workshop allowed us to review what had been seen quickly in the presentation and to see the exercises in more details, to explain them really how they work, but also to offer them variants or other types of exercises. The aim of this workshop was to present them with exercises that are easy to reproduce in everyday life and that require little or no equipment so that this encourages them to repeat these exercises regularly and so that our intervention can be as effective as possible and that it really helps those present.
  • The second workshop was built around a board game. We had created a game of goose and the goal was to progress as quickly as possible by answering the different questions that we proposed to them which were in different forms (QCMS, true or false, diagram to be completed …). The goal of this workshop was to bring them additional knowledge in addition to the small presentation that we had given them at the beginning as well as to offer them some questions and elements of answers on more global subjects such as physical activity, diet, hydration…
    • For my part, I partly took care of creating the board game that we proposed in one of the workshops. It was very interesting to create this board game, because it forced me to find information adapted to the level of knowledge of the participants or to reformulate it so that it could be accessible to all. I really enjoyed turning this learning moment into a little more fun so that those present had a good time and learned while having fun. I think it can be a good way to pass on information and knowledge while keeping the attention of a group.

      We also produced short videos available via a QR code reminding them of the exercises they can do at home and some concepts that we presented during the intervention.

      During this afternoon, we therefore proposed different types of workshops and supports to try to convey our message as best as possible: the perineum is a muscle, it is therefore possible to strengthen it! We also explained to them that problems related to the perineum, in particular urinary leakage, are not inevitable and should not be a taboo subject and that we should not hesitate to consult a professional who will be able to refer and help them.

      To conclude, we had the impression that the participants left happy and with the knowledge that we wanted to impart to them. We therefore hope that our intervention was useful and our prevention action effective and relevant. “