In addition to research and training, the SHAARP Lab strives to serve the community and fill the needs of both students and the broader community. Our community outreach program offers younger and older adults opportunities to engage in social interactions and to learn from one another. Currently, we are working with the Philipsburg PA Senior Center developing a program that fosters mutually-beneficial relationships between students, faculty, and older members of the local area. Thanks to funding through the Penn State Mary Anna Mangino Community Service Endowment, activities during the 2015-2016 school year have included musical performances, ice cream socials, a movie day, a game day, and health screenings.
The program has been a success with over 40 attendees for our musical recital (led by our own Suzanne Hamilton). Check back soon to see how these events go!