Senior Center, College Form Partnership

Sheridan Senior Center Director Carmen Rideout (Photo by Ron Richter)
Sheridan Senior Center Director Carmen Rideout (Photo by Ron Richter)

Sheridan's Senior Center and Sheridan College have announced a partnership that will benefit the college's students and Sheridan County's senior citizens.

Students enrolled at the college in culinary arts, horticulture, nursing, massage therapy and dental hygiene will get hands-on experience working with seniors in the center's new Day Break facility.

Dr. Richard Hall, college vice president for academic affairs, said this type of partnership is unheard of in other parts of the country.

He said this will be a win-win situation both for the college, which is seeing a need for more clinical space for its growing programs, and for the senior center as it increases services for an aging population.

Senior Center Director Carmen Rideout said the partnership is an important next step in a strategic plan to serve the citizens of Sheridan County.

Day Break is an elder care program operated by the senior center to provide a safe gathering place for adults who require assistance with daily activities, require health monitoring and supervision, and/or who have experienced memory loss, cognitive impairment or a neurological condition. College students will have opportunities to learn, and for those in health care to get the clinical experiences required for their studies, according to officials of the senior center and college.

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