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The Senior Program, Planning and Development Committee (SPPDC), involving Weston residents and members of the Regis community, was formed in April 2003 to develop the environment and program for a unique, lifelong educational and retirement community on the East Campus of Regis. This isn't just a traditional retirement community. Our community integrates the College’s mission, vision, programs, students, and services with the developing concept of aging in place in a setting of gracious learning, living and services. This new, innovative model for learning in the real world takes into account the degrees of intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, and social intelligence we all possess. This community will be integrated into the very fabric of Regis and will enhance the mission and model of intergenerational learning.
From the College’s mission statement flow the four foundations for our community: Aging in Place, Lifelong Learning, Spiritual Growth, and Open Community. Each of these will permeate the programmatic and functional cores of Residence Life, Academic Life, and Wellness and Health Services.
Our multigenerational learning and living community recognizes two simple facts: intellectual curiosity and appetite for learning have no age limit and people want to age in place. Our residents will have made the choice to move from their homes into the Regis community to fulfill those goals.
The living and learning community will be open to any senior looking for an intellectually stimulating environment. With a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, we will easily accommodate singles, couples, or friends living together. Common spaces and units will be designed for learning and aging in place. Every inch of our new educational and living facilities will be built with an eye toward continued learning and living as one grows more mature. Units will be accessible to accommodate temporary or permanent changes in a resident’s mobility. State-of-the-art technology and architectural design will facilitate these objectives.
As a living and learning center, learning will take place anywhere and everywhere! Regis East will be for inquiring, not retiring, minds. Residents will have individualized education plans along with their wellness plans. The dean of the East Campus will insure its residents are woven into the very fabric of the entire campus. Learning can occur with on-line courses accessed wirelessly from the anywhere on the facility, including the resident’s apartment. The common areas will include classrooms in the center of the community. “Traditional” college students attending scheduled classes on the retirement campus and the presence of a childcare center will enhance the community’s intergenerational feel. In addition, students in the undergraduate and graduate programs will participate in practice internships offered through the retirement community. Courses will be open to members of the larger Weston senior community.
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