“Kingsley Manor Retirement Community is home to grandmothers and gardeners, professors and painters, doctors and Zumba enthusiasts — and because it’s in Hollywood, you’ll also find film editors, dancers, and magicians. And a couple of students in their 20s, too. The students, Tina Guan and Sai Raj Kappari, are part of a unique collaboration between the retirement home and the University of Southern California’s gerontology school. The program, which has been around for more than 30 years, allows select students to live and eat for free in the retirement home. In exchange, they spend time with the residents — they teach fitness and art classes, swap stories over dinner, and answer a constant flurry of computer-related questions. . . . The students might one day fill a critical health care gap. Geriatrics continually falls at the bottom of the list of specialties that new MDs choose as they launch their medical careers. Residency programs have reported that they can’t fill even the handful of spots they reserve for doctors interested in geriatrics.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
What a fine way to direct the youthful passion to “help people” toward interest in the caregiving professions.
Baked fish, chair yoga, and life lessons: To learn to care for elderly, students move into retirement home