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Four occupational therapy graduate students from Misericordia University completed their graduate research work involving a group of independent living tenants residing at St. Luke’s Villa Retirement Living Communities of the Diocese of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, this summer. Their study was called ‘Socialization through Occupation: A Group Activity Program for Older Adults in Independent Apartment Dwellings.’ The students are under the direction of Dr. Grace Fisher, professor and chair of occupational therapy, Misericordia University. The purpose of the students’ study is to assess how a group activity program, inclusive of crafts, discussion groups and table-top games, influences the social participation of older adults in an independent living community. Participants, from left: Shirley Marin-Pareja, student; Andrea Porchiazzo, student; Fisher; Amanda Iafelice, student; and Stephanie Hassler, student. Sherre Sabecky, independent living and marketing coordinator, St. Luke’s Villa, also participated.

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