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College group helps seniors celebrate life

College students, in red T-shirts, help Elmcroft senior residents celebrate life with food, fun and frivolity Saturday. (Special Photo)

College students, in red T-shirts, help Elmcroft senior residents celebrate life with food, fun and frivolity Saturday. (Special Photo)

JONESBORO — College students brought fun, food and frivolity to a senior living facility Saturday as old and young alike celebrated National Second Wind Dreams Day.

Members of the Student African American Brotherhood organization from Clayton State University helped Elmcroft of Mount Zion residents and staff celebrate the aging community with a barbecue, games, dancing and music.

Antwan Holt, Elmcroft’s healthy lifestyles director, said the festivities seemed to turn back the hands of time for residents.

“Watching the residents socializing, dancing and singing, and just enjoying themselves brings me joy,” he said. “The residents of Elmcroft really enjoyed themselves and said this event made them feel young again.”

This event helped bring awareness to the Second Wind Dreams organization, whose mission it is to make dreams come true for residents living in eldercare communities or in hospice care.

“We had food, games and a DJ, who helped get the seniors moving to songs like the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ and the ‘Wobble Wobble,’” said Holt. “The residents enjoyed themselves and I believe they felt young again.”

The mission of Second Wind Dreams is to change the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of innovative educational opportunities to caregivers and communities, according to the nonprofit organization’s website.