April 7, 2010
Wichita State University and Larksfield Place today announced the formalization and expansion of their long-standing partnership. Donald Beggs, WSU president, and Valerie McGhee, Larksfield Place Retirement Communities Inc. president, gave details on the future of their organizations' 20-year partnership at today's signing ceremony held at Larksfield Place.
This continuing alliance will provide new research opportunities for WSU faculty and students as well as additional resources for Larksfield Place community members. A formal agreement between a university and a continuing care retirement community or other long-term care organization is a relatively new but rapidly emerging set of arrangements in the United States, according to Beggs.
"People 65 and better in Kansas-and across the country-have benefited from these past joint research and demonstration projects, such as enhancing the functional fitness and driving abilities of older adults," said McGhee, whose organization has received two national awards for past efforts. "Wichita State faculty and Larksfield Place staff have shared that knowledge at universities such as Harvard and as far away as Australia."
Positive examples of the long-running partnership include the hundreds of graduates from the WSU physical therapy and nursing programs who have done part of their clinical training at Larksfield Place and took with them the vision of what positive aging can be.
"This collaboration and cooperation benefits Wichita State and Larksfield Place in the advancement of research and programs designed to enhance the lives of older Kansans," Teresa Radebaugh, WSU Regional Institute on Aging director and a member of the Larksfield Place board, said,
Through this relationship, the parties hope to develop further opportunities for greater cooperation including:
* Increasing communication for LP residents on activities and events at WSU;
* Sponsoring joint events for LP residents and employees and WSU faculty, students and staff;
* Publicizing and highlighting the relationship between LP and WSU;
* Continuing cooperation in clinical training opportunities and preceptorships for WSU students and developing research programs for WSU faculty at LP; and
* Planning workshops and conferences on issues important to older Kansans.