Last month, residents from Covenant Village of Cromwell, a continuing care retirement community, spoke on a panel at Middlesex Community College about highlights in their family life. Inspired by this visit, MxCC students wrote a sociological memoir paper in which they were asked to imagine that they are 70 years old and writing the chapter of their memoir pertaining to their family life.

To keep the conversation going, students in the Sociology of the Family course presented their fictional memoirs to the panelists and other residents in the cozy Fireside Lounge at Covenant Village of Cromwell Tuesday morning.

“This was a mutually enriching event for both the MxCC and the Covenant Village communities,” said Dr. Rebecca Loew, assistant professor of behavioral science. “It underscored the reality that different generations benefit from coming together and learning from another. The students were eager for this opportunity to deepen their conversation about family life with their Covenant Village partners and this event was both enlightening and fun.”

Middlesex Community College and the Covenant Village of Cromwell have a long history of partnership. Students in the therapeutic recreation program have been doing internships at the retirement community for years. In the past, Covenant Village residents have visited the college campus to view student artwork. An artist-in-residence program is in the works at Green Street Arts Center, in which Middlesex students will have a chance to take a college class from a Covenant Village artist.

“The foundational idea of the collaboration is that the partnership will be mutually beneficial to both the residents at Covenant Village and our students,” said Judith Felton, chair of the division of social sciences and program coordinator of human services. “The residents would like to visit us and they would like students to visit and learn from them.”