The University of Vermont is embracing an innovative global education movement that supports intergenerational opportunities within the University and benefits Vermonters young and old.
Members of the Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network craft policies and programs to welcome students of all ages for social, personal and economic benefits. AFU provides a framework to guide UVM in innovative practices in teaching, research, community engagement and more, directed toward older Vermonters.
The alliance will support UVM as it broadens efforts to prepare students to be engaged citizens and work with Vermont’s aging population. The University of Vermont is expanding intergenerational activities such as the Grand Friends Program to boost the psychological, physical and social well-being of a broader audience and to help reduce ageism.
follow 10 principles addressing opportunities and responsibilities that span the breadth of University activities. These principles align with UVM’s Academic Success Goal priorities of teaching and learning, knowledge creation and evidence-based
engagement to address challenges and contribute to positive community impact.
The Center on Aging’s Advisory Board is spearheading this work, led by Dr. Jason Garbarino of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Janet
Nunziata, Center on Aging associate director for education.
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