Legend creates fellowship to support students interested in aging issues

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Photo: Wichita State University Foundation
Photo: Wichita State University Foundation

Wichita, KS-based Legend Senior Living is supporting college students in Kansas who are interested in health-related issues affecting older adults through a $75,000 donation that created the Legend Fellows Program at Wichita State University, according to an article a university foundation publication.

This year, the program is supporting a doctoral student in the School of Nursing as well as an aging studies student in the Department of Public Health Sciences, both of which are part the College of Health Professions. Other departments within the college may be included in the future.

“If you want to participate in this field, you'll have the wind at your back for job opportunities,” Tim Buchanan, founder and CEO of Legend Senior Living, said in the “Horizon Now” article. “We hope to show WSU students how the knowledge they're acquiring can be applied to the field of senior living.”

The students will be expected to work on projects that address some of the challenges facing the senior living industry, such as ways to enhance the lives of senior adults, strategies for reducing hospital admissions and ways for healthcare workers to avoid job burnout.

In the photo above: Dan Loon, a Wichita State University alumnus who is vice president of advancement and education at Legend Senior Living, gives student Ashley Schalk a tour of Legend's Regent Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare, part of the Regent Park continuing care retirement / life plan community. Schalk is a student in the university's Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

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