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Senior Citizens Involved in Johns Hopkins’ Experience Corps Program to Receive Governor’s Service Award

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Media Contact: John Lazarou
April 19, 2004

Senior Citizens Involved in Johns Hopkins’ Experience Corps Program to Receive Governor’s Service Award

THE NEWS:  More than 90 older adults involved in Experience Corps Baltimore will be recognized by Gov. Robert Ehrlich for their volunteering and commitment to improving academic success of pre-kindergarten to third grade students in the greater Homewood area school system.  Dignitaries participating in the ceremony include Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele and members of the Johns Hopkins Univeristy Bloomberg Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

A recent study conducted by Linda P. Fried, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Center on Aging and Health at Johns Hopkins and co-creator of Experience Corps Program, showed that older adults involved in school volunteerism inthis program improved their mental and physical health while helping children with their education.  “While our results are preliminary, what we found is a ‘win-win’ for
everyone involved,” says Fried.  “They suggest that giving back to your community may slow the aging process in ways that lead to a higher quality of life in older adults.”

Experience Corps places older adults in the city's elementary schools to help students with reading, math and social skills like playing cooperatively.  Experience Corps, a national service program for Americans over 55, has 1,300 members who provide tutoring and mentoring services to public school children in 12 cities across the country.  Members help teach children to read and develop the confidence and skills to succeed in school and in life.  Last year, in Baltimore alone, 100 Experience Corps members put in 43,520 hours serving 860 K-3 students in six city schools.

WHERE:  Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street
Annapolis, Maryland

DATE:  Tuesday, April 20, 2004

TIME:  1 p.m.

CONTACT:  John M. Lazarou