kept peeking out of the windows at school, waiting and waiting for that big yellow
bus to come take us to Copeland Oaks! Field trips are ALWAYS exciting...but this
one was extra-special. The teachers reviewed the questions on the Interview
Sheets one more time and reminded the students that school rules apply outside
of school too! Everyone was bursting with excitement as we boarded the steps of
the bus and set off on our trip.
When we arrived
at Copeland Oaks some of the Grandbuddies were waiting outside to greet us. Others
were lined up just inside the doors and everyone paired up quickly as the students
entered the building eager to see everything!
We all gathered in a big
meeting room and our visit began with the teachers showing a video of the Simulation
Center activities that the students had participated in to the Grandbuddies. Then
everyone settled in with their partners and conducted our second interview.
Simulation Centers left students with lots of questions about their Grandbuddies
physical challenges and our second interview centered around some of those questions.
The "Issues of Aging" interview
asked: "Do you wear glasses?" "Do you use anything to help you
move around?" "What do you do for exercise?" and similar questions.
Students also practiced reading from their homework books to the Grandbuddies,
who were patient and attentive listeners!
was finally time to tour Copeland Oaks and see the community
where our Grandbuddies live! Our new friends explained that
some people in Copeland Oaks live in villas (houses) and some
live in apartments. We learned that some residents with physical
problems live in special apartments where people help them with
their needs. Our Grandbuddies share some neat places, like a
chapel, a beauty parlor, store, and more. We were eager to see
them all, so we set off to explore!
older people experience changes in vision that make reading
small print difficult. In the library we saw large print books
and a machine that enlarges the type in printed material so
that newspapers and magazines are easier to read.
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