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2017/2018

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

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2017/2018

Seniors from Heartland Housing- SilverBirch and students from Lakeland Ridge 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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Seniors from Summerwood Seniors Residence enjoy writing St. Patrick Day Limericks with students from OLPH Junior High  

What’s a Limerick?

A limerick is a short, comical, and almost musical poem that can be particularly fun to read and to write. Limericks are often humorous, or border on nonsensical.
Limericks consist of five lines. The rhyme scheme is aabba. In other words, Lines One, Two, and Five all rhyme with each other, and Lines Three and Four rhyme with each other.

Seniors from Summerwood Seniors Residence enjoy writing St. Patrick Day Limericks with students from OLPH Junior High.

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Sayings & Proverbs Game with Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle 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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ABJ and Country Cottage St. Patrick’s Day Celebration  

What a great way to celebrate !

A wee bit of the Irish for St. Patrick’s Day … and playing games with each other.

Students from Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School and their seniors from Chartwell Country Cottage Retirement Residence enjoyed their time together visiting, playing bingo, and enjoying a wee bit of St Patrick’s Day !

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Our Family Meet and Greet – Sherwood Care Residents and students from Salisbury High School 

Our Family Meet and Greet event at Sherwood Care last night was a huge success! We are so proud of the partnership between Sherwood Care and Salisbury High School! To witness the interaction of each of the students with their senior and see them introduce their senior to their parent was very special! We heard stories last night 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!

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Family Meet and Greet – Summerwood Village and OLPH Junior High School 

As with each of our annual Family Meet and Greet events, our Linking Generations Students and Seniors get extremely excited about this evening visit.

It allows our senior and student 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 student and senior can invite one parent or family member to attend this visit with them. The Family Meet and Greet evening event is similar to a regular Linking Generations visit as we have a structured activity to do together plus we ensure its fun for everyone!

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Board Games with Seniors from Sherwood Care and Students from SAL High School

Seniors from Sherwood Care and Students from Salisbury High School, spend some quite moments together playing old fashion board games. These seniors are natural winners – they win by opening up to our youth and sharing those special moments that normally stay locked away !

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Bingo with Silver Birch Manor and Lodge and Lakeland Ridge School

bin·go

noun

  1. 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.

Students from Lakeland Ridge School were dressed up for the Howler Ball … a school dance in the afternoon. This was an added bonus to our Linking Generations visit as students explained to their “linked’ seniors from Silver Birch Manor and Lodge what was happening later that day at the school.

 
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Bingo with Bedford Village Seniors and St. Theresa Middle School

bin·go

noun

  1. 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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Balloon Volleyball at Sherwood Care with SAL High School

Seniors from Sherwood Care have a wild and crazy afternoon of Balloon Volleyball with our Salisbury High School Students !

It is wonderful to witness our seniors enjoying themselves and becoming active again ! It is amazing to see that although they are seniors, they have the desire and will to W-I-N!

    

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Annual Family Meet and Greet event at Chartwell Reit Country Cottage

As with each of our annual Family Meet and Greet events, our Linking Generations Students and Seniors get extremely excited about this evening visit.

It allows our senior and student 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 student and senior can invite one parent or family member to attend this visit with them. The Family Meet and Greet evening event is similar to a regular Linking Generations visit as we have a structured activity to do together plus we ensure its fun for everyone!

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Annual Family Meet and Greet event at SilverBirch Manor/Lodge

This event was so anticipated by the seniors, as SilverBirch Manor had been in outbreak for over a 1 ½ weeks.

We had 108 attendees at this special evening visit. At the beginning of the event, we asked all attending “how many families were attending for the first time?”. The reply was surprising – over ½ of the families had never been to one of our Annual events! Like previous events, it was hard to join in at a table and listen to the conversations. So many had brought yearbooks and old family school pictures with them to share. Even some family members had trophies from high school days!

A very special thank you to our Program Funders and Community Supporters who attended our wonderful evening with us. We shared our program success last night with Family Community Services (FCS), Heartland Housing Foundation, and Elk Island Public School Board (School Principal Ryan Marshall and LG School Liaison Sherry Janke).

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Our Annual Family Meet & Greet Event at CloverBar Lodge

A very special thank you to our Program Funders and Community Supporters who attended our wonderful evening with us.
We shared our program success last night with Family Community Services (FCS), Imperial Oil, Heartland Housing Foundation, Elk Island School Board (Superintendent EICS Michael Hampton and School Principal Alyre Morin), The Sherwood Park Rotary Club, and Strathcona Councillors Linton Delainey and Dave Anderson.

“It was my pleasure to participate in the Meet and Greet! Thank you very much for the invitation.
The room was definitely buzzing with joy. You could see the happy engagement at the tables. I also enjoyed the opportunity to get to know your program supporters – they are great advocates for the program and its impact in our community.
Thank you to you and your team for the great work you do to create the space for positive caring relationships in our community”.
Karen Reiter-Stecyk
Community Relations Advisor
Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery

 

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Our Anticipated Annual Family Meet & Greet Event – BEDFORD VILLAGE!

Our Junior High Students from St. Theresa Middle School were extremely excited about this evening visit, as much as our seniors from Bedford Village were. Our Annual Meet and Greet event gives our student participants the opportunity to introduce their ”linked” senior to their parent. And the seniors invite one family member to meet their student’s families! This visit also allows all of us at Linking Generations to recognize how much each student and senior is an integral part of Linking Generation’s success. The Family Meet and Greet evening event is like a regular Linking Generations visit, as we do a structured activity together plus we plan some fun for everyone!

A very special thank you to our Program Funders and Community Supporters who attended our wonderful evening with us. A huge thank you to SUNCOR ENERGY, COUNTY CLOTHESLINE FOUNDATION, CHRISTENSEN DEVELOPMENTS, ELK ISLAND CATHOLIC SCHOOL BOARD, SHERWOOD PARK ROTARY CLUB AND STRATHCONA COUNCIL- COUNCILLOR BILL TONITA.

It was great to see the students and seniors interact. The program is definitely making a difference to both the students and the seniors.
Dean Wilcox, P.Eng.
VP, Edmonton Refinery
Suncor Energy

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It’s Time to Move Your Body !

This was an amazing visit – Our seniors from Country Cottage Seniors Residence and students from ABJ High School took part in an exercise class together. Some felt like their bodies had gotten totally out of shape, so all agreed to get moving! There was bending, gyrating, stretching, bending and perspiring for an hour. And there was lots of laughter!!! What a great activity done together. No generational gaps here!

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Linking Generations Celebrates the Winter Olympics !

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

For all of our Linking Generations visits this month, each senior/student team will be celebrating their own Winter Olympic Festivities. Teams will learn the different country flags that will be seen flying during this special time, what each Olympic sport is and what is entailed within the sport. Each team will have chosen a team flag to cheer on and represent during the games. If the team they have chosen are winners, then our Linking Generations team wins too !

Country Cottage and ABJ High School 

Sherwood Care and Salisbury Composite High School 

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

Bedford Village Seniors Residence and St. Theresa Middle School

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Volleyball and Ice Cream !!!!

Seniors from Summerwood Seniors Residence have a wild and crazy afternoon of Balloon Volleyball with our Junior High Students from Ecole Our Lady of Perpetual Help School!!!!

It is wonderful to witness our seniors enjoying themselves and becoming active again ! It was especially heart warming when one of our seniors was laughing so hard because he accidentally hit his young student on the head with the balloon. We can see that although they are seniors, they have the desire and will to W-I-N! We even had one senior who left her walker behind to return to play volleyball with her students rather than sit and enjoy ice cream!

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Volleyball and Ice Cream = Fun Times !!!!

Our students from St. Theresa Middle School found out very quickly that their “linked” seniors from Bedford Village like to play games and be active.

As the balloon volleyball game started, it became apparent very early in the game that seniors like to win !

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Happy 100th Birthday Nellie !!!!

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 our Lakeland Ridge and all of us at Linking Generations !

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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 this past year !

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Tis the Season!  Let’s have a Christmas Party!!

Our seniors and students gathered to make a Christmas ornament together and share some of each other’s favorite memories and traditions of the holiday season.

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The Gingerbread Man

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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How Deep are Our Family Roots?

Our seniors and students came together to celebrate and explore our family connections by composing a family tree. Each student and senior had some homework to complete prior to this visit – all were asked to bring the names of their ancestors to the visit and a favorite family photo.

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Balloon Volleyball Visit with ABJ Students and Country Cottage Seniors Residence

This visit was a huge hit!! It was great to hear so much laughter and see the smiling faces when we played balloon volleyball.
One senior even requested that we repeat this event as it was so much fun! We finished off the visit with bowls of ice cream.
It is always amazing to witness the fun both the seniors and students have together.

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Sherwood Care has their annual “Christmas Celebration of Lights”

It was a fun event !

Sherwood Care invited Linking Generations students to take part in their annual “Christmas Celebration of Lights” on November 23. Students helped to serve refreshments and were able to visit with the seniors. Residents gathered in the dining room to see the beautiful lights and decorations in the courtyard, and to enjoy listening to an entertainer perform Christmas music.

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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?