The Wisdom of Elders event was recently held at Patterson Park Community Center (Photos)

Lillian King, left, thumbs though a family history scrapbook during the Wisdom of Elders event held at Patterson Park Community Center. PPCC partnered with Vanderbilt University for the Exhibition of Rutherford County History. photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.
Thelma T. Marshall talks to some guest at the Wisdom of Elders event held at Patterson Park Community Center about her paintings. PPCC partnered with Vanderbilt University for the Exhibition of Rutherford County History. photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.
Gracie Turner, left, explains to the Nancy L.B. Vaughan, the process she used to create the mask and the history behind the piece of art work that Vaughan is holding during the Wisdom of Elders event held at Patterson Park Community Center. PPCC partnered with Vanderbilt University for the Exhibition of Rutherford County History. photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.
Leroy Hodges, left, and Diane C. Smith discuss her unusual combination of painting and sculpture piece of art work at the Wisdom of Elders event held at Patterson Park Community Center. Hodges had given Smith creative assistance during her project and he viewed her completed project. PPCC partnered with Vanderbilt University for the Exhibition of Rutherford County History. photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.
Robin Blackman takes a photo of her friends Isiah and Regina Hughes using a smart phone at the Wisdom of Elders event held at Patterson Park Community Center. PPCC partnered with Vanderbilt University for the Exhibition of Rutherford County History. photo by Jim Davis/Murfreesboro Parks & Rec.​

The Wisdom of Elders event was recently held at Patterson Park Community Center in Murfreesboro. The special program serves African American seniors in the Murfreesboro area.

In 2012, the City of Murfreesboro was awarded a mini research grant from the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core to gather data on the impact of a mental health intervention engaging African American seniors aged 65 years or in the production of an autobiography (through print and/or visual media) and intergenerational exchanges. The undertaking, initiated and spearheaded by Professor Ifeoma Nwankwo in collaboration with academic partners, James Powers, MD, Vanderbilt-Reynolds Geriatric Education; William Turner, Ph.D., Peabody College and community partners, The City of Murfreesboro Department of Parks and Recreation, Dr. Barbara Hodges and Leroy Hodges, Dr. George Smith, and Ms. Mary Watkins, developed the intervention to track the general health, mental health and social engagement of the seniors.

In the pilot year of 2012, 22-seniors signed up for the program. 

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