In partnership with the Patterson Park Community Center, VFOA has worked to develop innovative approaches to programming for seniors in Murfreesboro, TN.

These initiatives have included a program through which seniors gained and shared information about their individual and community histories through oral and life history interviews and field trips to key historical sites in the city (including the Stones River Battlefield). They also advanced their knowledge of digital media, photography, internet research via interactive workshops. The College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office helped to make this program possible.

Another distinctive project, entitled The Wisdom of the Elders and funded by the Meharry Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, was spearheaded by VFOA Director Nwankwo in collaboration with Professor William Turner (Peabody College of Education and Human Development) and Dr. James Powers (Vanderbilt Geriatrics and Gerontology) and community partners Dr. George Smith, Ms. Mary Watkins, Dr. Barbara Hodges, and Leroy Hodges.  The project was profiled on the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research’s website and in local media.

The results of The Wisdom of the Elders Project were displayed at Vanderbilt University in Setpember of 2014. The event was popular with students and even featured in Vanderbilt News