Jeremy Holloway, University of North Dakota

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Title of course

“Legacy Building with Older Adults – Students Re-Humanizing Health Care”

What prompted the idea for the course?

In March 2020 – as the COVID-19 pandemic was causing widespread lockdowns across the U.S. – I heard from a chaplain friend about older adults who were dying in assisted living facilities and skilled nursing homes indirectly because of social isolation and loneliness.

I was finishing my dissertation, focused on developing a curriculum to as...

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