What Linking Generations Is All About !

Linking Generations Mission Statement:  Linking Generations creates connections between seniors and youth by nurturing friendships built through volunteering and structured mentorship.

This picture captures true friendship and our end goal.

We encourage all of our participating program students to continue to visit and nurture their Intergenerational friendships created with a senior over the program years. One of our participating program seniors got a wonderful surprise when his “linked” students from three years ago dropped into Bedford Village to reconnect and share new stories.

This is a true sign of what Linking Generations is all about !

Linking Generations – Summerwood Seniors Residence seniors and OLPH Junior High School students Play Board Games !!

board game

noun

  1. any game played on a board, especially one that involves the movement of pieces on the board, such as chess or checkers.

Playing board games, can invoke memories of our past, at any age. When the weather is cold or warm, it’s always a great time for cookies and conversation over a competitive game!

Students are from OLPH Junior High School and their linked seniors are from Summerwood Seniors Residence.

Linking Generations Sports Day and Ice Cream Social

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!

Seniors and students enjoyed a Sports Day and impressed each other with their sport related knowledge.  Some even wore their favorite team jersey/colors and hats while other shared special sport memorabilia with each other. Then, just like attending a game – everyone enjoyed ice cream sundaes!!

Seniors from Heartland Housing Silver Birch Manor and Lodge with students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High School.

2019-2020 Linking Generations’ Annual Family Meet and Greet event – Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School

Our Linking Generations Students and Seniors are extremely excited about this evening visit, as it gives the both participants an opportunity to introduce their ‘linked’ student or senior to their family. This visit also allows all of us at Linking Generations to recognize how much each senior and student is an integral part of Linking Generation’s success. Each participating student and senior can invite one parent or family member over the age of 18 years to attend this visit with them and meet their ‘linked’ partners. The Family Meet and Greet is similar to a regular Linking Generations visit, as we all do a structured activity together plus, we have some fun! 

Linking Generations – Silver Birch Haven seniors and New Horizons Charter School students Play Board Games !!

board game

noun

  1. any game played on a board, especially one that involves the movement of pieces on the board, such as chess or checkers.

Playing board games, can invoke memories of our past, at any age. When the weather is cold or warm, it’s always a great time for cookies and conversation over a competitive game!

Students are from New Horizons Charter School and their linked seniors are from Silver Birch Haven.

Linking Generations Seniors Get Their Day Brightened with a Visit From Lassie

More and more seniors are being segregated into care facilities where they feel isolated, lonely, confined and they feel they are no longer contributing members of their community.

For the few seniors that were fortunate yesterday to meet and touch Lassie; a Special Golden Doodle Therapy Dog; this puppy visit brightened their day.

We never know what it may be to draw our seniors out of the inclusion they feel, however we want to believe that Lassie made their day brighter!