High Point University’s LifeLines program provided poetry readings and Christmas carols to residents of Pennybyrn Retirement Community on Dec. 6.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 10, 2019 – Pennybyrn Retirement Community was full of poems and laughter on Dec. 6. Through High Point University’s LifeLines program, students provided poetry readings, interactive performances of poems and stories and holiday music sing-alongs.
“Our residents seem more engaged and a lot happier,” said Jennifer Balance a life enhancement coordinator for assisted living at Pennybyrn. “We have a strong partnership with HPU. I’ve been amazed with the students’ work and volunteerism this semester.”
HPU’s LifeLines is a program dedicated to engaging elder adults, particularly those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, in communal poetry writing to aid memory and elevate overall physical and psychological wellbeing.
“This is a moment where we can be present together and celebrate what we’ve accomplished,” said Allison Walker, instructor of English. “It’s a wonderful event because we get to share the energy and give back to our community.”
Throughout the year, members of HPU’s LifeLines have engaged the extended community in numerous ways, building a partnership with organizations such as Pennybyrn, an assisted living and memory care facility for elder adults, and Operation Xcel, an after-school program for local middle school students.
HPU students also presented Pennybyrn residents with a published collection of their creative works.