Area Colleges To Brief City Council on Programs for EldersApril 25, 2008
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 25, 2008 – Senior citizens will be the topic of a Springfield City Council meeting Monday, April 28, at noon, in Springfield College’s Marsh Memorial, when representatives of Springfield College, American International College, Western New England College, and Springfield Technical Community College brief city elected representatives on their programs and services for people over age 55.
Speaking for Springfield College will be Jean A. Wyld, vice president for academic affairs, who said today, “Area colleges offer a rich mix of programs and services specially designed for seniors, and an array of public programs are also available to them. As the population of retiring boomers grows, we’re seeing more and more interest in these offerings.”
Wyld will describe several Springfield College programs for seniors. Learning in Later Life is a series of short courses on current affairs, culture and arts, history and science, and other topics, presented through classes, trips, and social events. Seniors in the program also have access to the college’s library, natatorium, and various athletic facilities; and free admission to many events.
Springfield College also provides services at retirement communities. At Reeds Landing, students and members of the college’s faculty in art therapy, social work, human services, and education conduct programs for residents. Physician assistant students conduct physical examinations, occupational therapy students help residents in assisted living, and physical education students give presentations on safety and injury prevention. At Mason Wright, physical therapy students and faculty members have conducted programs in preventing injuries from falling.
Annually, Springfield College hosts the Massachusetts Senior Games, attracting hundreds of seniors from around the state who compete in track and field, swimming, tennis, and other sports.
The college also offers a range of public programs open to seniors. Among them are ongoing visual and performing arts presentations, scholarly lectures, and athletic events of its 26 men’s and women’s varsity teams. At the college’s annual Fit Fest, seniors may receive screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and other factors, and also hearing and vision tests, along with information on many health topics.
Representatives of senior citizen interest groups also have been invited to Monday’s City Council meeting at Springfield College.