By Valerie Creque
Dominique King’s college project on intergenerational communication—like many other things in this world—got derailed by the pandemic. It was the spring of 2020, and Dom was just getting started on a project for a required, volunteer-based class at Portland State University called Linking the Generations: Communication and Aging. The class focused on discussions, lectures, and activities to increase awareness of the older population, so the Oregon native chose to volunteer at an assisted living facility, where she’d planned to spend a month with the residents. But once COVID-19 hit, it was too risky to continue. The students were told they could instead focus on someone in their personal life, and Dom picked her paternal grandmother, Carmen. Dom and Carmen had always been very close, but circumstances put them in a position to connect like never before.