Electing to be informed

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Residents of Orchard Cove participate in an event focusing on the 2016 election.
Residents of Orchard Cove participate in an event focusing on the 2016 election.

Residents at Orchard Cove, a continuing care retirement / life plan community in Canton, MA, sponsored by Hebrew SeniorLife, recently participated in a two-part series focusing on the upcoming election.

The first session was hosted by longtime political reporter Bob Turner, formerly of the Boston Globe and now a senior fellow at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The session, titled “Campaign 2016: Is our Democracy in Peril?” focused on the unique elements of the 2016 election. Residents discussed each candidate's campaign style and the outcomes of each party's convention.

The second session, titled “The Making of the President 2016,” was hosted by Paul Watanabe, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science and director of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMass. During the session, Watanabe spoke with residents about the voting behaviors of past electorates, and what implications, if any, historical voting habits will have on this year's presidential election outcome.

Both sessions drew crowds of more than 90 residents, who shared their political concerns and debated the issues during these events, which were co-sponsored by Hebrew SeniorLife and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UMass Boston.

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