Natick’s Department of Human Services and the Council on Aging are recruiting local senior citizens to collaborate with Olin College of Engineering students on developing real-life solutions that can help people comfortably stay in their homes as they age. “Engineering for Humanity: Helping Elders Age in Place Through Partnerships for Healthy Living” connects students with local seniors to come up with solutions to everyday issues that can make living at home difficult. “For example, students might design a device to help someone who has difficulty reaching up to change a light bulb, something to help hold a newspaper steady with shaky hands, or something to enable someone to get clothes out of a clothing dryer that is difficult to stoop down to reach,” according to the course’s description on the Olin College website. Participation is limited to local homeowners who are at least 65 years old, will be available from January to May, will allow students into their homes, and can attend occasional sessions at Olin College, which is on Route 135 in Needham. Sign up by calling 508-647-6540 or e-mailing Karen Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lorraine McNally at email@example.com. For information on the course, go online to e4h.olin.edu. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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