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The Miami Connection

At the Knolls of Oxford

A formal collaboration Miami University has helped prepare a manuscript for tomorrow’s leaders by providing the next generation with hands on experience that is beneficial to both residents and students. 

Stay in the Fun

Generations Just Wanna Have Fun

Not only do the affiliations provide social, recreational and educational opportunities, but they also allow students and staff to pursue innovative research in areas that directly affect our residents.  Together, these two generations can make a lasting impact by embracing technology and inventive, quality programming throughout our communities.

The Knoll’s of Oxford’s formal affiliation with Miami University remains as strong as ever and was celebrated in November of 2019 with an agreement renewal signing. Residents wearing their Miami red and white packed the auditorium to enjoy a tailgate-style party and listened to remarks from the president’s office as well as entertainment from the Miami Men’s Glee club. The keynote speaker was Daryl Baldwin, director of the MU Myaamia Center. The event renewed the affiliation for the next five years.

This unique partnership between The Knolls of Oxford and Miami University allows residents to enjoy continuing education like the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR) as well as on site presentations from faculty like Dr. Kate de Madieros speaking on aging and stereotypes or Dr. Dean Smith demonstrating the latest in balance screening technology.  There will also be a brand new collaboration this fall called the First Gen program.  This is an exciting new partnership between first generation college students at Miami and TKO residents who are also first generation college graduates.  Although the planning process has been delayed by COVID, the program will include an experiential learning credit for students, a pinning ceremony, and an eventual ILR class collaboration.

Be Our Guest

The formal affiliation between The Knolls of Oxford and Miami University remains highly valued on both campuses.  Over 300 Miami students volunteered last year in a variety of educational and relational programming.  One highlight in particular included the Beta boys recent Dog Walk event.  Student groups also volunteer regularly to call bingo in Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing, entertain, or just provide companionship.  The MU student public relations group, PR Visions, provided assistance on the recent Affiliation publication, and created mock print and digital advertisement for The Knolls Marketing department; all while gaining valuable vocational exposure and experience.

Another affiliation project this year included visitors from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.  The visit was arranged through our colleagues at the Miami Scripps & Gerontology department, and the researchers came to learn more about the award-winning PELI/PAL cards and patient centered care.  The Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program is still thriving as well.  The Knolls hosted three facilitator training events last year and continues to host weekly classes during the academic year.

As always, the performing arts were another popular benefit of the Miami/Knolls affiliation.  Residents were treated to entertainment from the Chinese Opera, the Men’s Glee Club, and the ETHEL quartet featuring Grammy Award-winning Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal.  The Knolls attended many events on the Miami campus including the Symphony Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Choraliers, Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble.  Some residents even enjoyed Miami Buddy night at the Opera where they enjoyed the Opera on campus with a student buddy.  It’s fair to say that the formal affiliation continues to be a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership, and we look forward to another year of learning and growing together.