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Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Alzheimer's School

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A Mentor and student together at The Intergenerational School

Volunteers with Alzheimer's pair up
with young students for new study.

Here is a transcript of part of their story

Transcript

Ramona: "It is not scientists but local charter school students getting international attention for their Alzheimer's research. Now they just received an award in Singapore. The Intergenerational School paired up young students with senior volunteers suffering from mild-to-moderate dementia. Education reporter Kim Wheeler says they found both generations benefited from their time together."

Kim: "Dianne Leatherberry treasures her time mentoring students at the Intergenerational School."

Dianne Leatherberry, Mentor: "I feel really good about what I am doing because I feel like I am contributing to something."

Kim: "Mrs. Leatherberry's students know that sometimes she forgets things. That's OK with them."

Dianne: I think that's helped me get more comfortable with my memory issues, not so much that I am remembering better but that I am accepting it better."

Kim: "Back in 2007 they started a study at this K-8 charter school to see whether volunteering in a classroom like this can improve the quality of life of those suffering from Alzheimer's. Daniel George is a doctoral candidate at Oxford University. He conducted the research."

Daniel George: "What people said over and over again is that they just enjoyed the presence of kids. They appreciate the affection of children. They felt it was cognitively stimulating. It helped reduce stress for them."

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