In full transparency, the following is a press release submitted to SOURCE media.
FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University (FSU) has received a $13,599 grant from BayPath Elder Services, Inc., to support the staffing of an outreach coordinator and two multilingual outreach assistants for the free Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) Program.
The goal is to continue expanding the popular program to isolated seniors as well as those from underrepresented communities.
A collaboration between Framingham State University and the Framingham Public Library since 2011, ALL offers free academic courses for elders as a means of addressing isolation through intellectual and social stimulation.
Through the hiring of Portuguese-English and Spanish-English multilingual outreach assistants, ALL plans to target outreach to underrepresented elders as well as to potentially offer courses in Spanish and Portuguese that are a cultural fit for their learning needs.
Adventures in Lifelong Learning is a series of free classes for older adults that addresses isolation through exciting programming, academic enrichment, and intellectual and social stimulation.
Courses are offered for four weeks in the fall and spring of each year, and three weeks during the winter. Classes in art, literature, history, politics, music appreciation, film, movement, nutrition, and health education are taught by FSU faculty and local experts.
The popular program reaches about 200 seniors annually.
Since the start of the pandemic, courses have been offered remotely.
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the
education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts
institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the
University enrolls more than 4,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.
BayPath Elder Services, Inc. offers home care and related services enabling people to live independently and comfortably in their homes while promoting their well-being and dignity. Founded in 1977 as a nonprofit corporation, BayPath has over forty years’ experience serving and advocating for the needs of older adults and younger persons with disabilities. Many BayPath services are free, others are based on one’s ability to pay, and some are offered on a fee-for-service basis.