Through an applied learning project in Professional Communications I at Globe University-Madison West, four students were able to visit the Middleton Senior Citizen Center. After receiving a tour of the center, which was a repurposed old bank, we were able to sit down and talk with seniors who were knitting hats for babies and cancer patients, and making blankets and pillows for people in the hospital.
The students sat with the residents and conversed, asking about their childhood, favorite songs in high school, and how long they have lived in the area. This was to help break communication barriers that often exist between generations.
Drew Komplin, a business administration student, said “A lot of them were more active than I thought.”
The class has volunteered to create a pamphlet with pictures for the center. This will help inform the community about volunteer opportunities they have available, such as Meals on Wheels and giving rides to appointments.
Christina Steinberg, veterinary technology student, said, “We are going back once a week.”
“The whole class had a great time with the seniors, and we all learned a lot about communication. By breaking the stereotypes in our minds, we were able to meet people in our community and see how we can help them and learn from them,” said Natalie Busse, instructor. “Thank you Middleton Senior Center for letting us join in on the fun.”