Several months ago, I wrote about an award-winning collaboration between Nazareth College of Rochester and the elders at St. John’s Meadows. Dr. David Steitz, Chair of Gerontology, taught his Aging and Community Service course onsite at St. John’s Meadows, while many elders sat in and added their wisdom and perspective to the topics discussed.
This year’s class has the elders and students teaming up to host a series of community talks on aspects of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Next week’s talk describes the effects of Alzheimer’s on relationships and roles in families, with information on coping, brain health and self-care. These monthly lectures are co-sponsored by the Rochester Alzheimer’s Association, and are also held at the Meadows campus.
St. John’s also has an ongoing collaboration between our elders and Dr. Jason Dauenhauer’s students at the State University of Brockport. These and other collaborations with academia are being spearheaded by St. John’s Ambassador Gerry Stryker.
I am proud of the way these organizations have come together to unite the generations in the sharing of wisdom, and to craft solutions for the future of aging in community.