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NEWTON, Mass.—In collaboration with Five Star Senior Living Inc., the MIT AgeLab is convening its first national OMEGA Summit for high school students in the greater Nashville, Tenn., area. OMEGA, which stands for “Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth and Action,” is an initiative designed by the AgeLab to support the development and growth of programs and clubs connecting high school students with older adults.

“This is our sixth annual but first national summit,” says Taylor Patskanick, an MIT researcher of generational and age-demographic trends who manages OMEGA. “Our goal for OMEGA is to strengthen relationships and promote connections across generations. During the Summit, we’ll introduce students to the purpose and value of intergenerational programming through fun and informative activities with older adults. We’ll also encourage them to pursue their ideas for intergenerational programs with one of the Nashville-area Five Star communities.”

The six Five Star communities that will host intergenerational programs developed at the Summit are Fieldstone PlaceMorningside of Belmont, Morningside of FranklinMorningside of GallatinMorningside of Springfield and Walking Horse Meadows.

During the Summit, students will receive information about OMEGA college scholarships, which are awarded to high school juniors and seniors and to their schools or programs for creating and leading intergenerational programs and activities.

About Five Star Senior Living Inc.
Five Star Senior Living (Nasdaq: FVE) is a senior living and health and wellness services company. As of Dec. 31, 2019, Five Star operated 268 senior living communities with 31,285 living units located in 32 states, including 190 communities (20,948 living units) that it owned or leased and 78 communities (10,337 living units) that it managed. These communities include independent living, assisted living, continuing care retirement and skilled nursing communities. Additionally, Five Star’s wholly owned subsidiary, Ageility Physical Therapy Solutions, provides rehabilitation and wellness services within Five Star communities as well as to external customers. As of Dec. 31, 2019, Ageility operated 231 rehabilitation clinics. Five Star is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. Learn more at fivestarseniorliving.com.

About MIT AgeLab
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to “do things” throughout their lifespan. The AgeLab is a multidisciplinary research program working with business, government and NGOs to improve the quality of life of older people and those who care for them. The AgeLab applies consumer-centered systems thinking to understand the challenges and opportunities of longevity and emerging generational lifestyles to catalyze innovation across business markets. Learn more at agelab.mit.edu.

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