Our Annual Resiliency Conference will be held Friday, October 25th, 2019
at the Via Center.
Please check back on this page for updates.
About the Center for Generational Studies:
Founded in 2011 through a partnership between the University of South Alabama Programs in Gerontology and the Via Health, Fitness and Enrichment Center (Via is a community-based, multi-purpose center for older adults facilitating the practice of preventative healthcare, physical fitness, continuous learning, socialization and recreation).
The Via Center is utilized as a living laboratory to research and create solutions for similar issues (diseases, social problems) among youth, older adults and families
Focus areas include: increasing community based services; professional and volunteer training; multi-generational approaches in research and program delivery; and research to keep people and families healthy across generations
USA students are placed for internships in various programs at the Via Center
Funded research grant through the National Institutes of Health and Gulf Health Policy Center
USA Intergenerational Recreation and Wellness Course
A partnership with the Via Center and the Mobile Housing Board, students develop health, education and recreation programs for older adults to improve their health, functional abilities, independence and overall quality of life. Activities include an annual “Intergenerational Day.”
Song Ministry - area home-schooled youth ages 8-14 sing with older adults each week
High School Outreach - students from Murphy and St. Paul’s High Schools socialize with adult daycare clients, playing games, watching movies and reading weekly
MFuge – nationwide group of student volunteers, ages 12-18, spend Wednesdays from June through August doing arts and crafts projects and other activities with older adults
Community-based Activities – students from surrounding elementary schools participate in an annual Mardis Gras parade with adult daycare clients
Art Program - students from St. Paul’s complete art projects with adult daycare clients
A partnership between the Via Center and HandsOn South Alabama, this program utilizes specially trained volunteers of all ages to help elderly neighbors keep their independence through telephone calls to monitor their safety, general health and well-being.
Dr. Roma Hanks