Cathleen Dacey, 23, a Quinnipiac University law student, gets help from Masonicare CEO J.P. Venoit, right, as she moves into Masonicare at Ashlar Village, a retirement community in Wallingford, Conn. Dacey will live at the center this school year as part of an intergenerational learning program. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors

August 17, 2018 - 12:52 pm

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — As college students move into their dorms across the country, one Quinnipiac University student is beginning an unusual housing arrangement.

Law student Cathleen Dacey moves in Friday with senior citizens at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, a retirement community in Connecticut.

It's part of the Connecticut university's Students-In-Residency program that began in 2016 and is designed to break down generational barriers and combat ageism. There are dozens of programs around the nation that link seniors and students.

Dacey will have her own apartment at Ashlar Village and will provide service there each week in exchange for housing.

One of the first students in the program says living at the facility helped tear down stereotypes for both generations and gave her new respect for the wealth of knowledge that older people can share.

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