Senior Citizens "Flash Mob" Students at UNCW

A van load of residents from Plantation Village (an independent living community of older adults) performs a three-minute dance along Campus Walk near Leutze Hall as classes are changing. The dancers are all healthy seniors who participate in regular exercise programs and who have been practicing their dance for several weeks.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Wilmington, N.C. - As part of a service learning assignment for a gerontology course, University of North Carolina Wilmington student Caitlin Hunter organized a mini-flash mob event with older adults on the UNCW campus.

A van load of residents from Plantation Village (an independent living community of older adults) arrived on campus Wednesday, April 25 to perform a three-minute dance along Campus Walk near Leutze Hall as classes were  changing. The dancers were all healthy seniors who participate in regular exercise programs and have been practicing their dance for several weeks with Hunter, whose grandmother lives at Plantation Village.

"We want to show UNCW students that most older adults are healthy and able to engage in physical activity," said Hunter of the project. "We want to help dispel myths about what seniors can and can't do."

The assignment is part of the requirements for faculty member Ellie Covan's course in Introduction to Gerontology. "I'm really thrilled with this activity," Covan said. "Caitlin is putting into action the learning objectives of the course and engaging community members in her project. The seniors involved have had a lot of fun with this and they want to show the young people what they can do."

 

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