Linking Generations currently links seniors and students with six local schools and six senior care facilities in Sherwood Park. Each senior is matched with two youth. These two young adults will remain linked with the same senior for the complete school/program year. This program year we have over 290 youth and seniors involved in our six programs. In September, Information Sessions were held at the schools and at the seniors’ care centers to recruit student and seniors who want to be part of our program. It is amazing to think these young people are so interested in being linked to an elderly person, someone they have never met before. These numbers are a real testament to our success and the demand for Intergenerational programs such as ours.
Linking Generations was formed to bridge the gap between seniors and youth within our community. We believe that it touches our seniors in such a positive way by providing them with an opportunity to continue to mentor the youth in our community, while easing the sense of isolation and loneliness that often comes with aging. Our structured, mentored program provides a unique opportunity for these generations to “link” with each other in a safe environment.
Sherwood Care and Salisbury Composite High School
Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School
Heartland Housing SilverBirch Manor/Lodge and Lakeland Ridge Junior High
Heartland Housing CloverBar Lodge and Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Summerwood Seniors Residence and Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Chartwell Country Cottage and Archbishop Jordan High School
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