Wilfrid Laurier University course pairs students and seniors
English class will see students helping seniors write autobiographies
Students at Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus, may be surprised to see some seniors on campus this fall.
That's thanks to a new course being offered by the university's English department.
Called "Life Writing – American Voices to 1900," the course has an autobiography component that will see students teaming up with 30 seniors from the area, helping them write their autobiographies.
Just the value of those intergenerational exchanges benefit everyone.- Michael Ackerman, professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford
The course is the result of a collaboration between the Grand River Council of Aging and Wilfrid Laurier University, lead by Michael Ackerman.
Ackerman, who is a professor at Laurier and a represents the university on the GRCOA, says both senior volunteers and students have a lot to gain from the experience.
"Just the value of those intergenerational exchanges benefit everyone," said Ackerman.
"You don't get the same discussions with the more homogenous groups, so the more diversified it is the better."
Ackerman said the university is looking for seniors who may want to participate in the program come September. Anyone interested is encouraged to e-mail him directly at email@example.com or by getting in touch with the Grand River Council on Aging.