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RICHMOND, KY — Morning Pointe of Richmond residents Ogal Spicer and Mitsue York enjoy attending class at Eastern Kentucky University, but not as students. The senior living residents are “practice subjects” at the university’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, as students learn how to develop and executive care plans for their needs.

The residents attend sessions with the students twice a week — once at EKU and once at Telford YMCA. The seniors act as the students’ “study models,” as they undergo aided cognitive stimulation, practice activities of daily living, and creative expression and socialization activities that are geared to aging adults.

“Our residents enjoy doing this and like the idea that they are helping the college students get their degrees,” says Kathy West, life enrichment director at Morning Pointe.
“The residents are really helping the students. It helps the students and seniors both.”

As part of Morning Pointe’s life enrichment program, the senior living community partners with local colleges and universities, helping students get first-hand experience in world of geriatric care, while offering opportunities for intergenerational engagement between the seniors and young adults.

Photo: Nick Martin, Morning Pointe of Richmond volunteer, Hannah Higgins, Chelsea Cobbler and Renee Bell, Eastern Kentucky University students, and Morning Pointe of Richmond residents Ogal Spicer and Mitsue York, have an ongoing partnership every semester through the university’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. The seniors serve as educational models, helping students learn how to develop and executive care plans for their needs.