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CCRC's intergenerational program featured on national news

October 10, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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CBS News visits Cleveland's Judson Manor to talk about its Artist-in-Residence program.Oct. 13, 2014, update: Watch video from CBS here.

The benefits of a program whereby college-aged students live and interact with residents at a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) will be featured in a segment airing tonight and Sunday on CBS.

Judson Manor offers independent and assisted living as well as memory support services and nursing care at its location in Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood, home to several of the city's cultural and educational institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). Through the CCRC's "Artist-in-Residence" program, select CIM students live rent-free at Judson Manor during the school year and, in exchange, perform for the 120 residents and provide other cultural programming, according to the blog of Judson Manor's parent company, Judson Smart Living. The students also have access to practice space, a Steinway grand piano and a 1902 Bechstein piano at the community.

Earlier this week, correspondent Steve Hartman interviewed students and residents for "On the Road," which will air tonight during CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday as part of CBS Sunday Morning, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

The Artist-in-Residence program began in 2010, according to Judson, when the CCRC approached CIM to offer two furnished, one-bedroom apartments for students in financial need. CIM students are selected for the program based on an essay, an interview with residents and approval from the music institute. The Artist-in-Residence program builds on the existing relationship between the two entities, which saw CIM students regularly performing at Judson.

"The progam was an instant success and has continued to flourish beyond anyone's expectations through three sets of student-residents," according to Judson. The community's proximity to cultural amenities always has offered a marketing advantage, but now some residents specifically choose to live at Judson Manor because of the Artist-in-Residence program, the CCRC says. In the process, the students and residents have formed friendships, with students sharing music and residents sharing art lessons, cooking tips, and career and relationship advice.

To read more about the program and its benefits, visit Judson's website and Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Judson Smart Living.

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