Connecting seniors with struggling students makes lifelong impact – in the classroom and beyond

Erin Walloch knows a little something about the value of intergenerational relationships. In classrooms across Dakota, Scott and Ramsey counties, Walloch has been connecting seniors with young people as Program Manager of “Learning Buddies,” an initiative that matches seniors with struggling students in reading, math, science and art. Since 1997, the program has served 60,000…

New research finds working and volunteering could reduce disablement in seniors

Researchers from Georgia State University and Florida State University have found that working or volunteering can decrease the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in seniors. Using data from the Health and Retirement Survey, the study found that people age 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to…