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Exploring the Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness

Apr 25, 2024 10:00:00 AM / by Brooke Kochanski

Excitement filled the air as the Northwest AHEC team gathered for a much-anticipated team meeting and tour of the brand-new Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness in Winston-Salem. The team was eager to explore this innovative space and learn about the cutting-edge practices of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. This visit offered a unique opportunity for the team to witness firsthand the collaboration between different generations, which is sure to spark curiosity and interest in these vital healthcare professions among the younger generations to start a path into healthcare.

The Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) School of Health Sciences (SOHS) is a dedicated space partner in the new Senior Services Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness. The space houses several specialty clinics currently offered by the WSSU SOHS in and around East Winston and surrounding areas that provide health and preventive care services and programming for the underserved population. The goal is to also expand the health services offered to meet the needs of the community while providing experiential learning for WSSU SOHS students in a state-of-the-art facility.

The Intergenerational Center for Arts and Wellness (Generations Center) is founded on the belief that how we care for older adults defines our community, and that sound intergenerational relationships, created through meaningful moments of human connection, help our community thrive.
They have gathered an unprecedented 21 organizations to participate in the one-of-a-kind community space.

Lunch was catered by Second Harvest Providence Kitchen and it was delicious! Second Harvest Food Bank and Senior Services share a commitment to providing seniors and our community as a whole access to nutritious food. They know that food is the foundation for a healthy, active life. Through Second Harvest’s Providence programming, they will provide quality food to Senior Services participants, volunteers, and partners as well as community members in the Generations Café—a fun, engaging environment that will also serve as a training location for their Providence Culinary Training students and graduates. In addition, through their Nutrition Services team, they will deliver nutrition education classes to help individuals understand how to prepare healthy, delicious meals and snacks.


We ended the team meeting with our 4th Annual March for Babies walk and Remembrance of Nicole McLaurin. Northwest AHEC staff joined together with Nicole's family, friends and Big Brothers Big Sisters to walk in memory of our dear staff member, Roderica “Nicole” McLaurin. Nicole unexpectedly passed away in 2020 after delivering her second son, Dylan. Nicole was a beloved staff member of the Northwest AHEC. She grew up in Winston Salem and graduated from Fayetteville State University. During her childhood she was a little sister in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization. 

To help continue her legacy, the Northwest AHEC partnered with BBBS of Winston Salem to create a $10,000 endowment to provide at least one $500 Roderica “Nicole” McLaurin Grant to one Little Sister or Big Sister of color to help young women achieve their highest potential.



Check out our photos from the tour and presentations:



Tags: seniors, senior services, physical therapy, youth

Brooke Kochanski

Written by Brooke Kochanski

Marketing & Communications Specialist at Northwest AHEC

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