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2017/2018

Board Game Visit

The best way to get to know each other is to relax and have a conversation while securing a win with a board game.

What is your favorite game to play?
How do you play your favorite game?
When and where do you play this game and with who?
When you were a child, what was your favorite game and how did you play it?
Do you play video games? On what type of device do you play them on? Students, explain to your senior what these devices are.
Do you enjoy crossword puzzles and/or word finds or other brain teaser games?

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2017/2018

THEN AND NOW HERITAGE VISITS !

It was a wonderful surprise to see the treasured items the seniors brought to this visit to share with their students. Treasured memory albums, and even antique items passed down from generation to generation. A history book from one of the students on her 4th great grandfather: Malcom Groat (Groat Road). At the end of the visit, students participated in a game called Then and Now. Captured are students from Lakeland Ridge Junior high and seniors from SilverBirch Manor, along with students from St. Theresa Junior High and seniors from Bedford Village Seniors Residence.

Then: A postage stamp to mail a letter in 1947 cost: __________ .
Now: In 2017 it is ____________.

Then: In 1945 a loaf of white bread was ________.
Now in 2017, a loaf of bread is _________.

Then: In 1941, to purchase a house it would cost ______________.
Today, in 2017 it will cost you ___________.

Then: If you bought a small 4 door sedan in 1947, it would cost you _________.
A similar car now in 2017 will cost you ____________________.

Then: In 1947, two years after the end of WWll, the average salary was _____________.
Today, in 2017 an average yearly salary is __________________.

Then: In 1947, the Life Expectancy was ___________ (how long people lived to) .
Now in 2017, the life expectancy on average is ____________.

Then: in 1935, during the year’s pf depression, the unemployment rate was _________.
Today, in 2017, it is _____________.

In 1940, the average family had _________ children.
Today in 2017, the average family has _________ children.

In 1921, the famous ‘red wagon’ toy would cost _________.
Today in 2017 it will cost you ____________.

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2017/2018

Halloween Party !

On Tuesday October 31st students from Lakeland Ridge School and seniors from Heartland Housing SilverBirch Manor 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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2017/2018

Celebrating Our Heritage

What a special visit – looking back generations ago and studying items used in the household or the farm. Each senior and student brought a unique heritage item to this visit, so as to share their own personal past and heritage with their ‘linked’ partner.

Some brought photos, some brought passed down recipes. One senior even brought a family photo album.

A very special thank you to Strathcona Museum for allowing Linking Generations to use these precious heritage items. Strathcona Museum has ensured that items such as these are preserved so that we may enjoy and learn the history and heritage of Strathcona County.

 

Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Salisbury Composite High School and Sherwood Care

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2017/2018

Fall Leaves Candle Jars

Fall Leaves

The last of October
We lock the garden gate.
The flowers alive all withered
That used to stand straight.
The last of October
We put the swings away
And the porch looks deserted
Where we like to play.
The last of October
The birds have all flown,
The screens are in the attic,
The sand pile’s all gone;
Everything is put away
Before it starts to snow—
I wonder if the ladybugs
Have any place to go..

The students created “Fall Leaves Candle Jars” with their Seniors.

OLPH and Clover Bar Lodge

 

OLPH and Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

 

St. Theresa Catholic School and Bedford Village 

   

 

 

Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and Country Cottage Retirement Residence

 

Salisbury Composite High School and Sherwood Care

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2017/2018

Linking Generations kicks off 2017-2018 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 220 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.

 

OLPH Catholic School and Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

 

Lakeland Ridge Junior High with Heartland Housing/Silver Birch Manor and Lodge 

 

Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School with Country Cottage Retirement Residence 

 

Salisbury Composite High School with Sherwood Care

St. Theresa Catholic School with Bedford Village 

 

 

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2016/2017

“Mini” Country Hoe-Down

A very special visit was held at some of our Senior Facilities this past week. We hosted a “Mini” Country Hoe-Down with Seniors and Students from Linking Generations.

It was a special treat to surprise all Linking Generations participants with a visit from a special “Miniature  Pony”.

Donna Rae and Phil Coatta have lived on 40 acres in Strathcona County many years, breeding, showing and loving Arabian and Miniature horses. They both believe in….”Giving Back to Society”….and this includes visits to Senior Centers with her miniature horses.

Our seniors were asked to dress in Western Fare and come out to a party! This visit will be one long remembered. Seniors who have not been around animals for so long remised about their earlier years on farms. Students had pictures taken and played games along side their “linked Senior”. We even played “ Pin the tail on the Pony” !!!

The “Miniature Pony” went to the following Senior Facilities:

Bedford Village with St. Theresa Catholic School
Clover Bar Lodge with École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH)
Silver Birch Manor/Lodge with Lakeland Ridge School

St. Theresa Catholic School at Bedford Village

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) at Clover Bar Lodge

Lakeland Ridge School at Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

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2016/2017

Celebration Lunches

Our Linking Generations program year is soon coming to a close, and to celebrate our success and reflect on some wonderful memories, Linking Generations and our partner senior facilities host a special Student/Senior Celebration Lunch each year.

This is a regularly scheduled Linking Generations visit, however for this special luncheon, our partnership schools allow all LG students to have an extended lunch hour. This gives our students and seniors time to spend together and reflect on the memories they have created this past program year before we close the program year off.

Check out the celebrations for:

Country Cottage and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School

Sherwood Care and Salisbury Composite High School

Country Cottage and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School

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Sherwood Care and Salisbury Composite High School

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2016/2017

Sharing Intergenerational Stories Contest

Canada 150

Linking Generations is honoured to partner with LINKages Society of Alberta in a special contest open to youth ages 30 or under and adults 55+. We hope the contest will inspire youth and seniors to connect and share stories of Canada, while learning from one another .This contest is all about youth and older adults sharing their stories and learning’s of Canada. Through this intergenerational story telling project, we’re hoping to capture Canada’s culture, history, and heritage through the experiences of Canadians.

LINKages has designed this contest to be multimedia based, therefore participants can submit anything from a journal entry to a song or a video.

Our youth and seniors created journals, story books, videos, and paintings. We are so proud of our students and seniors contest entries – they all focused on the connections between different generations of Canadians.

On June 30th, 2017 LINKages Society of Alberta will seal all of the submissions in a time capsule that will be opened on July 1st, 2067 — aligning with Canada’s 200th Year Celebration!

Submissions

Three videos were created. View 2 of them at these sites:

Canada 150 – Video 1

Canada 150 – Video 2

 

 

 

Pictures

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2016/2017

Games Days

Playing games is a great way to let conversation start.

Seniors and students spent time together and enjoyed their time together.

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2016/2017

Creating Our Very Own Tree of Dreams and Friendship Thoughts

What better way to start a conversation between our teams, than to sit and talk about friendship and dreams.

Our seniors and students spent an afternoon, talking and sharing what Friendship means and what dreams each person had.

Reading some of the comments, we can be very appreciative of the wonderful relationships that have been built between our seniors and students. Some of the comments over heard from our program participants included : “Friendship means loyalty”. “Friends know when your sad, happy or stressed”. “Friends do not  judge you or put your down- they are there for the good times and the bad times”.

Each senior and student traced each of their  hands and then cut their hands out.  Each wrote something on each hand- something about friendship on one hand and dreams on the other . These became Tree leaves.

Check out all of the Friendship and Dream Tree pictures for:
École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH)/Summerwood Village Retirement Residence
Silver Birch Manor/Lodge and Lakeland Ridge School
Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School
Country Cottage and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH)/Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

Friendship and Dream Tree

Friendship / Dream Tree

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Silver Birch Manor/Lodge and Lakeland Ridge School

Friendship and Dream Tree

Friendship Tree

Dream Tree

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Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School

Friendship and Dream Tree

Friendship Tree

Dream Tree

 

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Country Cottage and Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School

Friendship / Tree

Friendship / Dream Tree

 

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2016/2017

Community Involvement Visits

This month all of our Linking Generations students and seniors created beautiful hand made cards for County Clothes-Line. This is our way of giving back to our community. County Clothes-Line Foundation is a major Funder for Linking Generations, so it only makes sense that we partner with each other.

Our sincerest thanks continue to go out to County Clothes-Line Foundation for their generosity and caring towards Linking Generations.

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2016/2017

3rd Annual Family Meet and Greet Evening Visits

Our students are always extremely excited about this evening visit, as it gives them the opportunity to introduce their “linked” senior to their parent. This visit also allows all of us at Linking Generations to recognize how much each student is an integral part of Linking Generation’s success, and this family visit also give us the opportunity to show our pride in the students.

Each student invites one family member to attend this visit with them. The seniors involved in our program do the same. The Family Meet and Greet is similar to a regular Linking Generations visit, as we have a structured activity to do together.

It is a great fun night !

Check out all of the Family Meet and Greet pictures for:
Clover Bar Lodge and École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
Silver Birch Manor/Lodge and Lakeland Ridge School
Sherwood Care and Salisbury High School
Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School
Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Clover Bar Lodge and École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

Family Meet and Greet

Our Family Meet and Greet event at Clover Bar Lodge ( Thursday Feb. 23rd, 2017) was a huge success!

Students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) school introduced their families to their senior partners and the seniors families got to meet the students who have been visiting and making friends with their parents. To witness the interaction of each of the students with their seniors and see them introduce their senior to their parent was very very special! We heard stories from parents on how Linking Generations is changing the mind set of today’s youth about seniors , and we heard comments from the seniors families on how enriched their parents lives have become once again ! This is only possible with the help of your special students!

We also heard from one of the OLPH Students and her family about how much they are enjoying this program! Together, we are making a difference in the lives of seniors!

Linking Generations was honoured to have Strathcona County Ward 6 Councillor Linton Delainey, County of Strathcona Family and Community Services Director Bree Claude, Sherwood Park County Clothes-Line Executive Director Freda Brady, and Linking Generations Board Director Barb Berndt attend this special visit.

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Heartland Housing Silver Birch Manor/Lodge and Lakeland Ridge School

Family Meet and Greet

Our Family Meet and Greet with Lakeland Ridge School and Heartland Housing Silver Birch Manor/Lodge was held Tuesday February 21st, 2017. The room was overflowing with seniors, students and families. As the structured activity was played, we witnessed the competition showing amongst our seniors. They still love to win and place first ! Our Find the Alberta Town activity was a hit !

Linking Generations was honoured to have Heartland Housing executives in attendance, Lakeland Ridge School Principal Ryan Marshall, and the Linking Generations school liaison Sherry Janke. It was with such pride to also have in attendance a very special Funder of Linking Generations: TELUS!!!!

Thank you all for making this night a huge success!!!

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Sherwood Care and Salisbury High School

Family Meet and Greet

Our recent Family Meet and Greet at Sherwood Care was very well attended on Thursday February 16th, 2017. The dining room was full of seniors, students and families

Linking Generations was honoured to have Sherwood Care Fund Development Manager Cathy Olesen and Salisbury High School Principal Cathy Allen attend this special visit.

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Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School

Family Meet and Greet

Our recent Family Meet and Greet at Bedford Village was held Monday January 23, 2017.

Linking Generations was honoured to have to have both Councillor Vic Bidzinski and St. Theresa Middle School Principal Laurie Kardynal-Bahri attend this special visit.

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Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and Country Cottage Retirement Residence

Family Meet and Greet

Our recent Family Meet and Greet at Country Cottage Retirement Residence was held Monday February 28, 2017.

Linking Generations was honoured to have Marla Mauricio from Telus Community Foundation attend this special visit.

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2016/2017

Be My Valentines

Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.”
Our Archbishop Jordan High School students and our seniors from Country Cottage celebrated this day together creating Valentine Day poems and having fun with a Chocolate Trivia Game !

Thank you to Country Cottage for supplying homemade sugar cookies!

All of our students and seniors showed off their decorating talents.

Here are 3 questions from the Chocolate Trivia Game (answers after the pictures):

  1. The Baby Ruth candy bar was created in 1920 by Curtiss Candy Co. They named this bar after the baseball player Babe Ruth.
    True or False?

 

  1. In the chocolate making process, what are “nibs”?
    (a) Broken pieces of chocolate
    (b) Rejected beans
    (c) Irregular raw bean fragments
    (d) Coco butter part of the bean

 

  1. The first 3 Musketeers bar originally sold for how much?
    (a) 3 cents
    (b) 5 cents
    (d) a dime
    (e) one cent

 

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ANSWERS TO CHOCOLATE TRIVIA

  1. FALSE: It’s named after President Cleveland’s daughter.
  2. A: broken pieces of chocolate
  3. B: 5 cents.

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2016/2017

Special Friendships

Sherwood Care Centre and Salisbury Composite High School Students look forward to their “weekly” visits !
At Linking Generations we are so fortunate to witness the power of intergenerational relationships first hand. Our students have had our country’s rich history brought to life through the stories our seniors share. And the spark of vitality has returned to the faces of so many of our seniors who benefit from the youthful conversations they share regarding today’s current events. The friendships that are being created are one of kind !

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2016/2017

Sometimes, all you need is a smile …

Just a fun day with our Silver Birch Seniors and Lakeland Ridge Junior High Students

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2016/2017

Kicking Off A New Linking Generations Program – OLPH Students Meet Seniors from Summerwood Village

This month is an exciting time for all of us at Linking Generations as we are so proud to offer an additional Junior High program to our community — our sixth program partnership has been created with OLPH Junior High Catholic School and All Seniors Care- Summerwood Village. There is something spiritual that happens when our seniors and students meet. First visits can be challenging, however these first visits looked like the students and seniors had known each other for years ! Conversation flowed easily and laughter could be heard from the room into the hallways.

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2016/2017

2nd Annual Family Meet & Greet Event with Bedford Village and St. Theresa Middle School

Our Junior High Students from St. Theresa Middle School were extremely excited about this evening visit, as it gave the students an opportunity to introduce their ” linked” senior to their parent. This visit also allowed our seniors to invite their family members to witness the wonderful relationships that they have built with the students.

Our Family Meet and Greet visits are very similar to a regular Linking Generations visit, as we had a structured activity to do together as Families !!!

A special Thank You to Strathcona Councilor (Ward 1) Vic Bidzinski for his dedication and support to Linking Generations !

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