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Continued: Rosenblum: International student-senior exchange a win-win

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 20, 2013 - 10:03 PM

“It’s awesome to get residents involved in such an intellectual way,” said Kenwood activities director Anna Streich, who later leads the packed room in bingo, a new experience for some.

Kenwood residents “always get excited learning about the different countries,” Streich said. “And they also enjoy the appreciation for older adults.”

In fact, one of the most interesting, and frequent, topics of conversation is the very concept of assisted living. Most of these young people are taught from childhood that it is an honor and an obligation to take care of elderly parents.

“In China, there are some senior centers and nursing homes, but they look more like a hospital,” said 19-year-old Shu Tian. “We’re taught to live with our parents when they get old. It’s part of our custom.

“But this,” he said, laughing as he scanned the room filled with elegant furnishings, “is fantastic. Just luxury.”

gail.rosenblum@startribune.com 612-673-7350

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