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In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Nina Sandberg plays violin at Judson Park for residents, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In a research project, graduate-level students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art live among residents of the Judson Manor retirement home. The study looks at the impact of isolation and loneliness, aging and stereotypes of retirees by students and vice versa. Sandberg is an artist-in-residence at Judson Park. She is a Cleveland Institute of Music graduate student studying music. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Students in Michigan and Ohio retire to new homes

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, Nina Sandberg plays violin at Judson Park for residents, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In a research project, graduate-level students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Art live among residents of the Judson Manor retirement home. The study looks at the impact of isolation and loneliness, aging and stereotypes of retirees by students and vice versa. Sandberg is an artist-in-residence at Judson Park. She is a Cleveland Institute of Music graduate student studying music. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Three Western Michigan University graduate students are living alongside 80 senior citizens in a retirement community as part of what’s believed to be one of the first such research projects of its kind in the U.S.

The occupational therapy students are about a third of the way through the 19 months they’ll spend at Clark on Keller Lake in Grand Rapids.

The study looks at the impact of isolation and loneliness, aging and stereotypes of retirees by students and vice versa.

A similar effort is underway in Ohio, where students from the Cleveland Institute of Music live among residents of the Judson Manor retirement home. While the arrangement in Cleveland isn’t tied to academic research, it features a like-minded goal: reducing the social isolation often experienced by the elderly.

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