Loneliness, helplessness and boredom – these are just three of the things that plague elders especially residents of long term care facilities. Lack of education about aging, interacting with elders, learning from elders – these are just three of the things that plague society.
So what better way to start to bridge the two than through inter-generational programs. I have written about these before. And have even mentioned some of the organizations I have worked with that are embracing intergenerational programming. For example, one of the places I have entertained at for years,
Thanks to McKnight’s I learned about a nursing home that has taken this one step further.
The following from their website:
The elders each day gather around in anticipation of the children’s arrival. The children arrive with smiles, eager to expand their education.
This Age to Age classroom is organized where children are partnered at various points throughout the day with the elders to read, exercise and learn valuable lessons that only the elders can provide. The children are also involved in activities at the school so that interaction with other children occurs and prepares them for next school year, when they will attend Community Elementary.