Shenandoah U. gets $13K to reach older adults

WINCHESTER, Va. — Shenandoah University recently announced it is one of a group of 21 institutions across the nation chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges to receive a nearly $13,000 grant to implement an Intergenerational Connections: Students Serving Older Adults program. The one-year grant will be used to enhance connections between undergraduate students and older adults in the community.

CIC launched the new initiative with support from the AARP Foundation to encourage colleges to create or extend programs in which students help low-income older adults (ages 50 and older) tackle key life challenges.

Shenandoah University’s Intergenerational Service Practicum will give 12 undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in building intergenerational connections with older adults in the Winchester community.

Six students each semester will engage in a stipend-supported service-learning practicum at the Winchester Senior Center, a day center operated by the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, serving 40 to 50 active adults ages 60 and older at the center and delivering meals to 50 homebound older adults.