Enduring Nazareth University Partnership with St. John’s on WXXI’s Connections
When two Nazareth University students moved into St. John’s Meadows for a temporary residency program this September, it was the latest chapter in what has been an incredible partnership that has brought together Gerontology students and independent living residents for 14 years.
A panel discussion hosted on NPR public radio earlier this week included a number of people who have seen the impact of both the recent residency program as well as the St. John’s Collaborative for Intergenerational Learning (SCIL):
- Dr. David Steitz, chair of the Nazareth University Gerontology Program and founder of SCIL
- Dr. Ken Dodgson, retired surgeon and Brickstone by St. John’s resident
- Tony Zaccaglino, St. John’s Vice President of Senior Housing
- Sarah Daddona, a senior at Nazareth University and one of two students who lived at St. John’s Meadows this September
- WXXI Connections host Evan Dawson
Panelists discussed how impactful this longtime intergenerational partnership has been throughout its history, and also continued the conversation from this Spring’s townhall discussion at St. John’s Home on ways to prevent loneliness and social isolation.