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October 22, 2018

Between the Generations:

How Seniors and College Students Learn from Each Other

Elderly man and college student doing activity 

On paper, the partnership between Curative Care’s Senior Center and Carroll University’s Physical Therapy program may seem a bit strange. In practice though, the results far exceed the expectations.

For approximately 10 years, students from Carroll have made the treck just down Barstow Avenue to the Senior Center to run activities as part of their schoolwork. 

Through the specialized partnership, Curative’s seniors, who range in age from early 50s to nearly 100-years-old, get personalized physical recreation and memory boosting programming while the students, who are in their early 20s, get hands-on experience working with an elderly population. 

The Carroll students from the Teaching Laboratory Practicum class arrive at the Senior Center every Tuesday and Thursday morning during the fall semester.  The students are welcomed with big smiles and heartfelt greetings. The seniors are rejuvenated by the students’ youthful ambition and excitement for the day.

Each Senior Center client has different interests, ability levels and personalized goals. Some clients also have varying stages of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Part of the students' curriculum is to understand each client's needs and design individualized activities to meet those needs with the help of their classmates and instructor. 

The benefit to our seniors and to the students, cannot be overstated.  Our seniors are interacting with new people and doing new activities while the students are gaining valuable experiences that will help later in their therapy careers.

Learn more about how Curative helps seniors thrive by visiting: https://www.curative.org/senior

 

Greg Pledl, Manager, Senior Services

Greg Pledl is a State Certified Social Worker, and received his Bachelors of Science degree from the school of Education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. He has over 25 years in the social services field, and is currently Manager of Curative Care’s Senior Day Services, allowing him to get to know and interact with the most wonderful seniors every day.

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