Geriatric Residency


Jewish Senior Services is proud to provide internships and field placement experiences in a variety of disciplines including art therapy, human services, music therapy, nursing home administration, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work.

Clinical Residency Program in Geriatrics

The Jewish Senior Services Clinical Residency effectively incorporates the positive attributes of academic and clinic based residencies into a unique program, which includes teaching opportunities and advanced clinical practice. 

The American Physical Therapy Association defines a residency as a “planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education that is designed to advance significantly the physical therapists’s preparation as provider of patient care services in a defined area of clinical practice.”

IMG_0253This program provides physical therapists with an opportunity to develop advanced competency skills in geriatric physical therapy.  This experience is designed to prepare the individual to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties exam in Geriatric Physical Therapy. Individuals who are eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Connecticut are invited to apply for Jewish Senior Service’s Clinical Physical Therapy Residency Program in Geriatrics.

The residency is a year long program and includes mentored clinical practice in the following areas of physical therapy: neurologic, cardiopulmonary, integumentary and general musculoskeletal treatment of the older adult.  Didactic instruction includes distance learning through Sacred Heart University and seminars in geriatric physical therapy on-site.

Residency at the Jewish Senior Services

  • The positive attributes of academic and clinic based residencies are effectively incorporated into a unique program which includes teaching opportunities and advanced clinical practice.Geriatric Assessment
  • Opportunities to learn from faculty and clinicians with extensive expertise in working with older adults including board certified physical therapists and other health professionals.
  • Participation in Journal Club and Case Presentations with other physical therapy residents.
  • Participate in program development at multiple sites including post-acute rehabilitation, out-patient, and home care.
  • Participation in a residency program which emphasizes evidence based delivery of quality patient care for the geriatric population and exemplifies the commitment and progressive approach of the Jewish Senior Services to addressing the unique needs of older adults.

Upon Program Completion You Will:

  • Be eligible to sit for the APTA Geriatric Specialty Examination.
  • Have the knowledge base and clinical expertise to successfully present at professional conferences.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Salary and benefits as an employee of the Jewish Senior Services.
  • Research opportunities with APTA recognized academic faculty.
  • This one-year program begins every fall.

For more information on the Jewish Senior Services Rehabilitation Program, click here:


Sacred Heart University


Courses will be delivered using an executive hybrid format
Online Learning:

Online learning is conducted through Sacred Heart University.  It is an internet- based teaching and learning experience.  The University uses Blackboard as the electronic delivery system and platform for all distance – learning programs.  Blackboard is a web-based system that provides user-friendly interface with simple point and click access to course content, collaboration, workspaces and online resource centers.  It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and allows for simple and effective information interchange between student and instructor and among students.


GW 522  – The Physiological Aspects of Aging – 3 credits
GW 524 – The Psychological and Sociocultural Aspects of Aging – 3 credits
GW 534 –  Wellness Across the Continuum of Care – 3 credits
PT 911 Clinical Reasoning and Advanced Principles of Evidence Based Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice – 2 credits

Additional lectures

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Parkinson’s Evaluation and Intervention
Acute Care Management of Older Adults
Ethics and Moral Issues in Geriatric Health

Jewish Senior Services in co-sponsorship with Sacred Heart University’s Physical Therapy Program is offering Continuing Education Coursework.  Clinical Professionals,  Physical and Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists can earn CEU credits when they attend our Educational Workshops. 

For more information on Sacred Heart University’s Physical Therapy Program, click here:
Sacred Heart University


More information is available from Sheila Thomas Watts at or (203)-365-6449.

All applicants who are eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Connecticut are welcome to apply.

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Application materials must be submitted directly to the Residency Director.

Superior applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee consisting of the Residency Director, Jewish Senior Services Administrators, Rehabilitation Services director and faculty.


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Non-Clinical Internships

The Center for Elder Abuse Prevention 2014 Internship opportunities

The Center

The Center for Elder Abuse Prevention is a grant-funded program of Jewish Senior Services that opened in September 2007 to assist victims and reduce the prevalence of elder abuse. The Center does extensive outreach and education with a broad spectrum of professionals and community members, as well as coordinates collaborations through multiple community partners. Serving seniors across Fairfield County, the Center provides clients with an array of services, including safe, confidential emergency housing. It is a graduate recipient of grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, and its work is currently supported by range of local funders and foundations.

Internships Opportunities

The Center seeks interns for the summer and academic school year, and older adult fellows to conduct outreach and education to a variety of community audiences.

Specific areas of focus are detailed below, and additional projects of interest may be developed jointly between the intern, Program Director and Community Advocate. Interns will be guided to research and produce an outreach plan for a target population, and tailor educational materials and resources of the Center to fulfill the outlined plan. This is a great opportunity to learn about a growing segment of society and an expanding field, contribute to the well-being of older adults in our community, as well as a great opportunity for those interested in working in the non-profit sector.

Meals-On-Wheels In-Service Development

Volunteers of Meals-on-Wheels (MOW) provide fellow community members with a regular healthy meal delivery, allowing them to live independently in their own homes. MOW volunteers are one of few and sometimes the only link for homebound adults to the outside world. MOW volunteers are in a unique position to observe the living environments of these homebound adults and are perfectly poised on the frontlines for identifying elder mistreatment. Everyday MOW volunteers visit the homes of adults, knocking on their doors to give them their meals and indirectly check on them. These volunteers are a key group to be trained in recognizing, identifying, and reporting elder abuse and there is a need and value of training volunteers to support older adults in the community.

The Center is bringing a student intern on-board to research and produce an outreach plan for MOW volunteers, throughout Fairfield County, that will assist volunteers and MOW service providers to develop practical knowledge and skills for recognizing the signs of elder abuse and to support those who may be affected by elder abuse. Interns will also be expected to develop educational materials and resources to fulfill the outlined plan.

EMS In-Service Development

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel are first responders to emergency health related situations, and often respond to the needs of older adults. They are in a unique position to view an adult’s home setting that may not be observable by other medical care providers. Studies conducted to assess EMS personnel’s’ confidence in properly assessing and identifying elder abuse have suggested a majority of EMS personnel lack specific training related to elder abuse and neglect. Adults who are abused or neglected can present in many ways. According to research, abuse or neglect is rarely the initial concern for 9-1-1 reports regarding an older adult, despite the fact that many injuries and illnesses in the elderly may be a result of or complicated by abuse and neglect.

The Center seeks a student intern to research and produce an outreach plan for EMS personnel, throughout Fairfield County, that will provide them and related service providers with practical knowledge and skills for recognizing the signs of elder abuse and to support those who may be affected by elder abuse in the community. Interns will also be expected to develop educational materials and resources to fulfill the outlined plan.

Outreach Plan Addressing Senior-to-Senior Harassment

Discussion about bullying usually focuses on school-aged children. Topics usually include grade school and high school bullying, or cyber-bullying via apps and social media, but bullying within older adult communities has been identified as a need for attention by local geriatric professionals and families.

While there has been little research on senior-to-senior bullying, anecdotal evidence suggests that it might be more prevalent than we realize. Recent research on senior-to-senior harassment has not only revealed a prevalence of it, but also a range in types of senior-to-senior harassment from classic types of bullying such as verbal intimidation, dirty looks, to physical aggression and violence. Other types of senior-to-senior harassment include purposely spreading rumors and excluding someone from groups. Older adults may be particularly vulnerable and easy targets for this form of harassment. Spreading awareness on this particular issue is a step towards addressing and preventing harassment at all ages.

The Center would like to create an intergenerational team of student interns and retired adults to research and produce a teaching module that addresses senior-to-senior harassment that meets the educational and outreach goals of our Center. This will be an intensive summer (and possibly fall) project that will describe bullying among older adults, its unique forms, and its effects, as well as creating awareness and promoting best practices in preventing and responding to senior-to-senior harassment. The Center will encourage the intergenerational interns to highlight compelling examples of strategies that work at achieving these objectives by working together and supplying their age-specific perspectives on “bullying” and how it might be adapted to address senior-to-senior harassment.


Internships or fellowship start dates are flexible according to the candidate’s schedule, but must include a minimum of 8 hours per week and no more than 40 hours per week. We anticipate projects to be 8-12 weeks in length.


Bachelor or Masters level candidates or retirees interested in contributing to prevent elder abuse. Ideal for those with interest in long-term care, older adults, elder abuse and/or domestic violence. Good research, writing, editing, and communication skills. Available during business hours.


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Please submit cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample. To apply or for more information contact us at


We have established academic relationships with the following institutions of higher learning as well as others: 

  • Fairfield University
  • Fordham University
  • Housatonic Community College
  • New York University
  • Sacred Heart University

  • Southern Connecticut State College
  • The University of Bridgeport
  • Yeshiva University
  • And More…