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2018/2019

Creating new Holiday Traditions between our Youth and Seniors 

Our “linked seniors and students” created homemade holiday cards together this month, while reminiscing together what holidays were like for the senior’s years and years ago.

All of our finished cards were then were left with the seniors so they could share their own Christmas cheer with their friends and family.

 May you be blessed with the most important gifts this Christmas. Our students consider their linked seniors’ friendship to be a gift, and for our students and seniors , this friendship is one of the most treasured gifts.

 Merry Christmas!

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Seniors and Students working on Gingerbread Men 

Of what origin is this fairy tale?

What exactly is a gingerbread man?

At the end of the fairy tale, what eats the Gingerbread Man?

The Gingerbread Man had a catchphrase. Which of these words in the following sentence is not correct? “Run, run, run as fast as you can! You won’t catch me, I’m The Gingerbread Man!”

Who does the Gingerbread Man escape from first?

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Sayings & Proverbs Game with Summerwood Village Retirement Residence and École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School Students

“A person is known by the company he keeps….”
…And you all have great company at your visit!
Come play our Sayings & Proverbs Game!

Seniors Test your knowledge and your students while reminiscing over common phrases.

 

    

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Seniors and Students Visit the County of Strathcona Festival of Trees 

Linking Generations was presented with a wonderful opportunity from Festival Place Cultural Art Foundation to do something special for our seniors and students this holiday season.

The County of Strathcona Festival of Trees an existing event, being held in Sherwood Park on Friday November 23rd and Saturday November 24th, 2018 at Festival Place.

Generally, the public is not able to attend the event during the first day as the sponsors and committees are setting up in preparation for the Gala which is held the first night. However, Linking Generations was given special permission to attend on Friday November 23rd, 2018 with a group of students and seniors for a private showing.

It was so exciting to bring together our seniors from Bedford Village and SilverBirch Manor/Lodge to meet their students from St. Theresa Catholic School and students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High and wander amongst the beautiful Christmas trees together. One senior even remarked “ What happened to the trees ‘we’ use to have.. covered with strings of popcorn?”.  The Cultural Art Foundation allowed our students to have a small competition between the two schools and each school gathered on stage to sing carols for the seniors.

Having a structured visit outside the senior’s facilities was a treat in itself.

     

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Sayings & Proverbs Game with Summerwood Village Retirement Residence and École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School Students

“A person is known by the company he keeps….”
…And you all have great company at your visit!
Come play our Sayings & Proverbs Game!

Seniors Test your knowledge and your students while reminiscing over common phrases.

 

    

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A good time for a friendly Board Game !!!

 

Thank you to Shell Scotford for the donation of all of our new Board Games last year !!!!

 

Archbishop Jordan High School and Country Cottage

 

  

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Senior Students 

Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Students invited their senior partners to visit them at school, and become a ‘Senior Student”.

 

This was such an amazing visit- Our seniors were so excited, and as the bus pulled up to OLPH School, the seniors were waving from their seats like they were actual students once again. They all were so ready for fun and a tour of the school. One of our seniors actually got called over the loud speaker, to “come to the office”.

 

This special visit could not of been made possible without all the help and coordination received from principal Alyre Morin, and Summerwood Seniors Health & Wellness Director Nicole Davis.

 

      

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Sayings & Proverbs Game with Country Cottage Residents and Archbishop Jordan High School  Students

“A person is known by the company he keeps….”
…And you all have great company at your visit!
Come play our Sayings & Proverbs Game!
Seniors Test your knowledge and your students while reminiscing over common phrases.

 

   

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Burrr… Its cold outside.. A good time for a friendly Board Game !!!

 

Thank you to Shell Scotford for the donation of all of our new Board Games last year !!!!

 

Lakeland Ridge School and Birch Manor/Lodge

 

  

 

St. Theresa Catholic School and Bedford Village

 

     

Salisbury Composite High School and Sherwood Care

 

 

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Linking Generations On Halloween!

Students from Archbishop Jordan High School and seniors from Country Cottage held their own Halloween party.

Everyone was dressed up in Costumes and having fun !

 

Ghouls and Ghosts,
Trick or Treat,
How many skeletons will we meet?
Darkened corners,
Witches broom,
Who hangs around in the darkened gloom?
May the night of Halloween,
Bring frights when lights are out,
And if you do get really scared,
Just give a MASSIVE shout!

Helen Keller is noted for saying, “The best things and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, nor touched — but are felt in the heart.”.

Linking Generations is that beautiful thing for many of us.

 

       

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Linking Generations creates it own Paint-Event! 

What started with a blank canvas, ended up being the artists dream picture!

We guided you with instructions, however the end result was all your own work !

OLPH and Clover Bar Lodge

    

 

OLPH and Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

    

 

Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and Country Cottage Retirement Residence

     

 

Salisbury Composite High School and Sherwood Care

    

 

St. Theresa Catholic School and Bedford Village

     

 

Lakeland Ridge School and Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

      

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Sayings & Proverbs Game with Sherwood Care Residents and Salisbury High School Students

“A person is known by the company he keeps….”
…And you all have great company at your visit!
Come play our Sayings & Proverbs Game!
Seniors Test your knowledge and your students while reminiscing over common phrases.

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Happy 100th Birthday Joanne !!!!

This is an incredible milestone, but not nearly as incredible as you are.
With 100 years of priceless moments under your belt, your heart must be full of joy. You deserve every precious memory.
Happy Birthday from your OLPH Linking Generations students and all of us at Linking Generations !

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Linking Generations kicks off 2018/2019 Program Year with our Get Acquainted Visits

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 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.

The 2018/2019 program participants are:

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

Here are some pictures of their first visits:

     

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Seniors from Bedford Village and linked students from St. Theresa Middle School Scrapbooking !!

Through scrapbooking our youth and older adults can exchange information about the life span in relation to aging, examine their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Scrapbooking a year of memories connects the generations and for both youth and elders, sharing pictures can expand their known worlds.

Seniors from Bedford Village and linked students from St. Theresa Middle School share some private moments and laughter as they look back on the visits they have had in the last ten months !

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Seniors from Sherwood Care and linked students from Salisbury High School Scrapbooking !!

Through scrapbooking our youth and older adults can exchange information about the life span in relation to aging, examine their beliefs about aging and their role in their own aging. Scrapbooking a year of memories connects the generations and for both youth and elders, sharing pictures can expand their known worlds.

Seniors from Sherwood Care and linked students from Salisbury High School share some private moments and laughter as they look back on the visits they have had in the last ten months !

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Summerwood Seniors Residence and Ecole Our Lady Perpetual Help !!

Summerwood Seniors Residence and linked students from Ecole Our Lady Perpetual Help create lasting memory scrapbooks together.

Definition of scrapbook:

a blank book in which various items (such as newspaper clippings or pictures) are collected and preserved.

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Scrapbooking with Seniors from SilverBirch Manor and Lakeland Ridge Junior High!!

Many people think that scrapbooking is a recent phenomenon, but the history of albums, recognizable as something that we’d call a scrapbook today, dates to not only before the invention of photography – but also to before the origin of the word “scrapbook” itself. Scrapbooking is rooted in the history of printed images and in the long history of personal storytelling. It is from the merging of these two progressions that we get the modern scrapbook in all its current forms.

Our last structured visit with Linking Generations is always about the memories shared through the program year. We capture these moments and stories and our seniors and students build individual scrapbooks to remember the wonderful friendships they have made.

Seniors from SilverBirch Manor and linked students from Lakeland Ridge Junior High.

 

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Year with Linking Generations OLPH students and CloverBar Seniors!!

Memories of a Year with Linking Generations OLPH students and CloverBar Seniors.

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Planting the Spring Annuals Continues !!

Many seniors are isolated, and they welcome spring eagerly. Spring allows our seniors to venture back outside, sit in courtyards or relax with the sun shining on their face. Our planting visit with our seniors and students brought excitement and anticipation of placing their newly potted plants on window sills, balcony’s and even in the courtyards.

A heartfelt thank you to Greenland Garden Centre for ensuring we had spring annuals available a bit earlier than anticipated!

Pictured here are seniors from Sherwood Care with students from Salisbury Composite High School.

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Planting Spring Annuals  

Linking Generations is very fortunate to have such a wonderful partnership with Greenland Garden Centre. We know many seniors are isolated, and they welcome spring eagerly. Spring allows our seniors to venture back outside, sit in courtyards or relax with the sun shining on their face. Our planting visit with our seniors and students brought excitement and anticipation of placing their newly potted plants on windowsills, balcony’s and even in the courtyards.

A heartfelt thank you to Greenland Garden Centre for ensuring we had spring annuals available a bit earlier than anticipated!

Pictured here are seniors from Bedford Village with students from St. Theresa Middle School and seniors from Country Cottage Seniors Residence along side students from Archbishop Jordan High School.

 

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Seniors from Sherwood Care and High School Students from Salisbury Composite High play “Match the Proverbs” game  

What is a Proverb?
Proverbs , maxim are terms for short, pithy sayings.
A proverb is such a saying popularly known and repeated, usually expressing simply and concretely, though often metaphorically, a truth based on common sense or the practical.

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SPRING HAS ARRIVED ……

We are very grateful to our wonderful school partnership with Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help Junior High (OLPH). Each Thursday over 40 students dedicate an hour to enriching a seniors life.

This week, our OLPH students brought spring into CloverBar Lodge and Summerwood Seniors Residence.

Thank you to Greenland Garden Centre for the spring annuals were ready to be planted for our senior and student planting visits.

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It’s Planting Time at Linking Generations  

Linking Generations is very grateful to our wonderful partnership with Greenland Garden Centre. This year, Greenland ensured that our spring annuals were ready to go for our senior and student planting visits.

Each team painted a terracotta pot and filled it with a different assortment of annuals. These will now stay with our seniors so that each senior sees the plant flourish each day. The visit at Silver Birch Manor was made even more special as it was sowing outside when we planted our spring flowers.

Do you like to garden?  Why or why not?

What is your favorite vegetable?  Your favorite fruit?

If you could have your own garden, what would you plant?

What is your favorite flower? Why?

What does spring mean to you?  Is it your favorite season? Why or why not?

Have you ever visited a famous garden? i.e.: Butchart Gardens?  The gardens at Versailles?

Fun Fact:  The earth has more than 80,000 species of edible plants, yet 90 percent of the foods humans eat come from just 30 plants!  However, 70,000 plant species are utilized for medicine.

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Spring Has Arrived to Linking Generations  

What are some of the first signs of Spring?
What are some of your special memories of Spring as a child?
What do you look forward to with the arrival of spring?
Spring represents renewal and new beginnings – How do you celebrate Spring?

If I had a flower
for every time you made me
Smile and laugh
I’d have a garden to walk in
forever.
~Anonymous