During its 2020 survey, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that by 2035, the number of adults aged 65 and older will exceed 78 million. Within a little more than a decade, for the first time in our history older Americans will outnumber those under the age of 18. In Mercy’s School of Health and Natural Sciences, the growing need for services to support an aging population—not just keeping seniors safe and healthy but enabling them to thrive—is at the heart of a new partnership between Mercy College and two assisted living organizations in Westchester County.
Students have been at two new clinical training sites this spring, including the Yonkers Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC), a program of coordinated services and community resources for seniors still living in their homes, and The Chelsea at Greenburgh, a residential facility for assisted living and dementia care.
The partnerships have enabled Mercy College Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Communication Disorders (CD) Programs to expand the range of vital hands-on learning experiences that prepare graduates to enter their professions as competent, caring practitioners.
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