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Deanna commented on Skill Swap

I like your thoughts around expanding this idea, Annie. What if this program were a part of a larger academic experience? What if this program existed within a campus community where seniors might live in dedicated campus housing (there could be an opportunity for co-housing with other like-minded seniors to save on costs) and be integrated into the student experience. They would have access to auditing classes and facilities and services (ex: occupational therapy or senior care, etc.). There could be a knowledge exchange segment where some retired professionals could become unofficial advisors to students in complimentary areas of study. Students could get practical experience and credit (think internship) by providing services that align with their area of study. This breaks down a silo that is so common in solutions for seniors and brings them into a vibrant, diverse community where they can continue to thrive; it provides students the opportunity to learn from and engage with seniors in a very pragmatic, real way.