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2018/2019

Bingo with Lakeland Ridge School and Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

noun

A game in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off five numbers in a row or another required pattern.

Get ready, get set …. B-I-N-G-O !!!!

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2018/2019

École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) and Summerwood Village Retirement Residence on Valentine’s Day

Look at the pictures of the scrapbook that one of the seniors brought to show the students with all the old valentines in it !

They were awesome.

From 1948-1950 !

Some of the valentines are 71 years old and still were vibrant in color.

Thank You June !!!

WOW …

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2018/2019

Linking Generations – Playing with words – A Slang Chart

Like fashion, slang changes with the times.

Our seniors and students explored the different slang expressions used by youth, young and middle-aged adults, and seniors to describe the same items or ideas over the past 70 years. This activity heightened the awareness of how our written and spoken language has changed over the past 10 to 70 years.

Archbishop Jordan High School and Country Cottage

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Lakeland Ridge School and Silver Birch Manor/Lodge on Valentine’s Day

Some Interesting Facts You May Not Have Know About Valentine’s Day:

  • In Victorian times it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • About 3 per cent of pet owners will give gifts to their pets on this day.
  • About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year
  • You could pop over to Finland where Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s day”. It’s more about remembering your buddies than your loved ones.
  • Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for this holiday in the late 1800s.
  • More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold.
  • 73 percent of people who buy flowers on this day are men, while only 27 percent are women.
  • The red rose was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, sweethearts and pets.
  • 220,000 is the average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year.

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2018/2019

St. Theresa Catholic School and Bedford Village on Valentine’s Day

What is the difference between Valentine’s Day and a Valentine?

Well …

A valentine is a card or gift given on Valentine’s Day, to one’s sweetheart.

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine,is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honoring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

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2018/2019

Games Day with ABJ and Country Cottage

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, it’s a great time for cookies and conversation over a competitive game !

 

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2018/2019

Bingo with Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle School

bin·go

noun

A game in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off five numbers in a row or another required pattern.

Get ready, get set …. B-I-N-G-O !!!!


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2018/2019

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!

 

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2018/2019

Linking Generations – Playing with words- A Slang Chart

Like fashion, slang changes with the times.
Our seniors and students explored the different slang expressions used by youth, young and middle-aged adults, and seniors to describe the same items or ideas over the past 70 years. This activity heightened the awareness of how our written and spoken language has changed over the past 10 to 70 years.

OLPH and Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

 

Lakeland Ridge School and Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

 

St. Theresa Catholic School and Bedford Village

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2018/2019

Linking Generations with Students from École Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School (OLPH) and Seniors from Summerwood Village Retirement Residence

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2018/2019

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!



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2018/2019

Linking Generations Board Games with Students from Lakeland Ridge School and Seniors from Silver Birch Manor/Lodge

 

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, it’s a great time for cookies and conversation over a competitive game !

 

 

 

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2018/2019

Linking Generations Board Games with Students from St. Theresa Catholic School and Seniors from Bedford Village

 

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, it’s a great time for cookies and conversation over a competitive game !

 

   

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2018/2019

Rogers Communications Hometown Hockey Cheque Presentation

 

Thank you to Rogers Communications for the wonderful and thoughtful cheque presentation to Linking Generations Society of Alberta It was wonderful to be part of January 3rd, 2019.

It was especially heartwarming to receive community funding in front of our senior and student program participants, along with many student’s parents ! Our seniors loved being part of such an event, and many remarked at the end of the afternoon, that they enjoyed knowing how funds are given by organizations such as Rogers Communication . The caring and generosity that all of the Rogers team has shown to our organization is very heartfelt !

Our whole community benefits from supporting students. Linking students with seniors builds leadership and mentorship. The youth are seeing history through the eyes of their seniors. They are gaining skills and learning new perspectives to become our future community leaders.

Thank you again for your contribution and supporting community initiatives such as Linking Generations. Your generous financial support will assist with our continued success!!!

It was wonderful to be part of this weekend’s Rogers Hometown Hockey VIP event.

 

  

 

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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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2018/2019

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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2018/2019

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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2018/2019

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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2018/2019

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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2018/2019

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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2018/2019

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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2018/2019

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: