Michels, correspondent and producer for PBS NewsHour, talked with Dominican pre-med students and local senior citizens about their experiences as participants of a unique “Intergenerational Communication Project” created by Dominican and the Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services.
The Intergenerational Communication Project matched Dominican students with local senior citizens for a semester-long series of weekly get-togethers last spring. One goal was to provide these future doctors life experience in communicating with the elderly and improving their understanding of the life of a senior.
Lessons learned from the Intergenerational Communication Project will be shared at academic conferences in order to stimulate discussion about community and academic-based strategies to bridge communication between generations, prevent social isolation of elders, and inspire future healthcare professionals to pursue careers in geriatric care.
The October 29 community forum was sponsored by Dominican and the Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services in partnership with the Marin County Commission on Aging, National Park Service and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.