Very cool idea. Have you thought of connecting with a local school systems (ie. high school, college, university,etc)? Often students have service assignments or class projects which could provide walking partners for seniors and help students better understand the older population. Our research " Young and Old Together" highlights the benefits of inter-generational experiences.
The HealthCircle Clinics at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs have been running for 3 years. The students come from various educational backgrounds including: nursing, health promotion, nutrition, strength and conditioning, gerontology, psychology, and gero-psychology. Students apply for positions in the 5 clinics based on their field of study and then receive more specific training from the clinic/ program directors pertaining to their duties.
Intergenerational housing is an interesting concept. I can see the potential benefits and drawbacks as alluded to by the comments. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Bettina. The HealthCircle Clinics are a part of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and consist of five clinics, which provide hands on learning environments for students in various educational disciplines such as: nursing, health promotion, nutrition, strength and conditioning, gerontology, psychology, and gero-psychology. The HealthCircle Clinics are tailored to older adults in the Colorado Springs community; thus, each of the clinics provides a unique opportunity for students to work with the aging population in their respective field to increase physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing. The services in combination with the intergenerational interactions help to enhance the wellbeing of the seniors. With respect to fall prevention, each of the HealthCircle Clinics plays a role in reducing fall risk. However, the Center for Active Living, one of the five HealthCircle Clinics, has specific, evidence-based programs in place to help increase balance, mobility, gait, posture, awareness and proprioception of individuals to reduce fall risk. These programs are evaluated using validated measure and regular intervals of assessments depending on the program. The students are involved in both the delivery of classes and the data analysis.