For four hours on an afternoon last week seniors streamed in and out of Chester City Hall, posed with a cardboard cutout of Michelle Obama and participated in a “Let’s Move Senior Social.”
Twenty AmeriHealth Caritas summer interns along with Chester City officials hosted this jazz-themed social event to increase health literacy last Friday afternoon.
The interns, who are attending four-year colleges and universities, planned the event themselves, according to AmeriHealth Caritas senior communications manager Elizabeth Nathans.
The interns’ inspiration for the event was movement and dance, so they choreographed Michelle Obama’s dance from an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
A cardboard cutout of the first lady in a white gown coincided with the theme, and guests had their pictures taken with it.
Bianca Sanchez, one of the interns spearheading the event, said she learned that Chester has a large senior population, and one purpose of the event was to sign up seniors for the sponsoring health plan.
Marisa Mastripolito, another intern, sad they wanted to find a better way to reach out to the elderly community. “It’s an opportunity for us to team up fwith them,” Mastripolito said.
The interns organizing the event said a jazz social would help seniors “get moving around.”
“I learned a lot about the healthcare business as a whole,” Mastripolito said. “What sets AmeriHealth apart from other companies is it cares a lot about its members.”
Councilman William Jacobs, Chester’s director of public safety, told the seniors to thank the young people who organized the event.
“Regularly, we like to blame stuff on young people, but we would like to thank some young people for this,” he said.