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Lake Shore Family Center
845 Rtes. 5 and 20
New York 14081
716 934 2353
Our facility houses a child daycare as well as a social model adult day care . Daily activities include intergenerational activities with every age group from the infants to school-agers. Our senior adults also have the freedom to visit the children's classrooms whenever they would like to during the day. Activities often include cooking, exercise, crafts, music and socialization. The program is unique to our area in that both programs are housed in the same facility, and staff is dually trained to work with both age groups of participants.
Presence Intergenerational Program
Presence Fortin Villa Learning Center
1025 North Washington Ave.
All Seasons Preschool
Inver Glen Senior Living
7260 South Robert Trail
inver grove heights,
Our nature and art-based preschool is housed inside Inver Glen Senior Living. We offer daily activities with senior adults who live in the building.
Willson House Child Development Center
United Methodist Retirement Center
1625 Center ST NE
Earth's Elders (SHARE Program)
Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service
Once a year program at the middle school to coinside with a year long cirriculum around aging. Older adult from the community are interviewed by 6th graders about their lives and then the students write a biography based on the interviews.
Cirriculum is based on the book: Earth Elders by Jerry Friedman (see earth's elders foundation)
Noah's Ark Children's Center
The Communities of Maple Lawn
700 North Main
The Communities of Maple Lawn is a continuing care retirement community located in central Illinois. An award winning intergenerational program was realized when it was decided that a child care center should be also located on our campus. Maple Lawn's vision for beginning a children's center with an intergenerational program is a life enrichment experience for both the young and old. Each age group at Noah's Ark interacts with seniors living throughout the Maple Lawn community. Planned activities along with impromptu visits foster relationships of unconditional love and acceptance. Seniors respond with joy and acceptance when the young children make their daily visits to the nursing home. God has blessed us with not only a quality center to teach young children but has also allowed us to uplift and brighten each day of nearly 100 elderly folks. The interaction between the generations is priceless.
Students and Seniors Intergenerational Program Home to Home Foundation
84 Progress Lane
The Home to Home Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing joy, purpose and fulfillment to nursing home residents in Western Connecticut through meaningful, individualized programs and extensive communtity involvement. We reimburse for transportation and other program costs for local school groups of all ages to visit nursing home residents and participate in a variety of activity programs including choir programs, arts & crafts; oral histories;
Spectrum Generation Bridge
Spectrum Arts Productions
505 Court St.
Seniors and teens meet twice a week for six weeks for 2 hours and participate in improv games, discussions and theatre exercies led by theatre professional.
O-2-B-4 Again and Back2Life
Ko-Sha-Rey Rhythms Therapeutics
11035 Blue Coral Drive
An inter-generational wellness-emphasis program employs physical and social activities and health education in a layered context that has a solid conceptual basis, employs systematic evaluative research and is enjoyable.
The 4 year-old educational course and volunteer program (as of 2010) started as an inter-generational activity focused on mobility, independence and aging. The flagship class called O-2-B-4 Again brings children 4-8 together with elders that are interested in maintaining a high-level of movement security. It is a successful program featured in the Generations United program.
In the Mix 1001 “BRIDGING THE YEARS...Teens and Seniors Mix it Up!”
29 Min. www.inthemix.org
Copyright 2008 Castle Works, Inc. ISBN: 1931843694
Intergenerational programs are on the rise across the country, providing a place for teenagers and senior citizens to come together to share talents, resources, and support. First, we see how much fun high school art students and older adults at the senior center have working together to create murals and mosaic tables to beautify a local community park in their small town. Then we visit an intergenerational center which has a unique initiative that pairs autistic teens with surrogate “grandmas and grandpas” who work patiently to improve the teens’ communication and social skills. High school volunteers also enjoy helping at the center. We close with a theatrical flourish as older Hispanic women and at-risk students in NYC inspire each other as they create and perform a play to a full house. Throughout this program we hear how stereotypes are dispelled as the groups realize how much they have much in common. In addition to having fun, the teens find emotional support and welcome advice, and the seniors feel useful. It’s a “win-win” for everyone and encourages teens to volunteer with seniors. This program was made possible by MetLife Foundation.
Valley Catholic Middle School's Living History Projects Valley Catholic Middle School
4275 SW 148th Ave
Three part middle school program that involve four seperate entities including: Valley Catholic Middle School students, Maryville Nursing Home Residents, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, and the children of Little Flower Development Center.
Seventh Grade Weekly Projects
Teams of seventh grade students experienced the full spectrum of ages on the SSMO Campus. The students spent half the year visiting with a Sister, learning about her life and sharing her special gifts. Students spent the other half of the year visiting with a class at Little Flower Development Center, learning how to teach age-appropriate lessons, facilitate group activities, and develop relationships with the children in their assigned classrooms.
Eighth Grade Weekly Projects
Pairs of eighth grade students visit with and interview one Maryville resident weekly throughout the school year. The students spend the first half of the year getting to know their resident and learning how to interviewing and take appropriate notes, all the while developing a relationship with their Maryville resident. In the second semester, students write a biography on their resident. The final biography is presented at the Living History event both as a way to honor and thank their resident for the year long visits and guidance, but also to showcase their resident’s life and the student’s individual work. Join us at this mini-publishing fair and see the stories of many people.
Peaceful Parenting Let's Play Program
Jewish Family Service of San Diego
285 N. El Camino Real, Suite 218
Let’s Play, funded by First 5 San Diego, is an intergenerational program that brings together volunteer seniors and families with pre-school aged children. Volunteers make home visits to play and interact with children ages 1-4 which helps parents realize the importance of their role as their children's first teacher. Trainings for Let’s Play will be conducted by experts in the field of child development and JFS staff. A $50 monthly stipend ($75 for bi-lingual volunteers) and gas card will be provided to help cover expenses.
Florida Intergenerational Orchestra(musicians ages 5-88)
Florida Intergenerational Orchestra
6442 NW 42nd Way
Florida Intergenerational Orchestra conducted by founder Lorraine Marks has musicians ages 5-88 in four orchestras from beginners through advanced leval.
Marilyn and Gordon Macklin Intergenerational
Imagine a place where a 98 year old is feeding
an infant, where an 87 year old is sharing her
walker with a youngster who’s just learning
to walk, and where a 4 year old suddenly discovers
that her 78 year old friend has to take his
teeth out to brush them! Imagine a place where
people of all ages come together, building ongoing,
In a time and society where individuals are separated
by age, where could this possibly occur? There
is such a place . . .
The Marilyn & Gordon Macklin Intergenerational
Institute in Findlay, Ohio.
Preventive Aging Center, Inc.
823 West Park Avenue,
Ocean, NJ 07712
Phone (732) 233-4625
Facsimile (631) 498-0026
PAC Preschool/Senior Companion Program: Preventive
Aging Center, Inc. is a nonprofit organization
co-founded in 1992 by Timothy B.
Cassidy, its Executive Director. Its mission is
to provide free wellness and intergenerational
programs to senior citizens in the community.
The interaction of older seniors and children
is mutually beneficial... click
here for more about PAC.
Tiny Tiger Intergenerational Center
Child Care Centers of Marshfield Inc./ Companion
Day Services, Inc./School District of Marshfield
905 tiny Tigers Court
Marshfield, WI 54449
Imagine a place where a 88 year old man shares
his walker with a 3 year old, where a 4 year old
and a 93 year write their names together...
Imagine a place where people of all ages come
together, interacting, exploring, and building
meaningful relationships. The power of combining
two populations at opposite ends of the spectrum
will be realized in the Tiny Tiger Intergenerational
We have become a segregated society, children
go to child care, adults go to work and elders
spend their later years in nursing homes or senior
facilities. Many families are spread all over
the country and do not have the opportunity to
see their grandchildren/grandparents. Nothing
lights up an elders face like a child!
The senior adult population suffers from the
three plagues of aging (Loneliness, Helplessness
and Boredom) and children need interaction, guidance
and exploration. These two generations can meet
each other's needs perfectly. (Dr. Vicki Rosebrook
from Macklin Intergeneration Institute, Finley
Children's Family Center
Children's Family Center at Messiah Village
For over 27 years, Children’s Family Center
at Messiah Village has been providing the Central
Pennsylvania area with a unique, shared-site intergenerational
childcare program. The founders of Children’s
Family Center began the intergenerational program
with ten children who met in a two-room apartment
rented from Messiah Village. From these modest
beginnings, Children’s Family Center has
grown into a full-scale childcare center and the
intergenerational program has blossomed into a
multifaceted program full of interactions between
the children and seniors.
Today, Children’s Family Center serves
over 70 children from 6 weeks of age through Kindergarten
with 30 additional children who attend the Summer
Camp Program. The strength of the Intergenerational
program is directly related to Children’s
Family Center’s location within Messiah
Village. Each day numerous informal interactions
occur as the children go for walks in the hallways
and on the sidewalks around the Village. And,
because of it’s location in the courtyard
of the nursing care area, the Center’s playground
is a great place for the children and seniors
to wave to one another through the windows. The
formal interactions cover a broader spectrum of
the program. Each day, groups of children visit
areas within Messiah Village’s Nursing Care,
Assisted Living, and Adult Day Services for a
planned intergenerational activity. The Teachers
and Activity Leaders take turns planning these
activities. During the activities the children
and seniors interact by making crafts together,
singing together, and doing exercises together.
Also, once a month a small group of Children’s
Family Center’s children and a few residents
meet for an indoor picnic lunch. Throughout the
year there are also parties and special gatherings
where the children and seniors interact.
At the heart of the intergenerational program
is the volunteer program. The senior volunteers,
who the children affectionately call Grandbears,
come from all levels of care to spend time with
the children. The Grandbears participate in various
ways. Some of the Grandbears like to rock the
infants, while others prefer reading to the pre-school
aged children, some of the Grandbears even swim
with the Kindergarteners and help to chaperone
the Summer Camp fieldtrips.
Dorson Home Care Center
For seniors with internet
access who are looking for an intergenerational
pen pal program. These are children ages 11-15
who correspond with seniors in nursing homes,
day care, assisted liviing, senior centers, ccrc
or seniors unable to leave their homes. Letters
are screened by volunteers. To get started simply
email a letter to speede1212*aol.com and provide
name of facility, representative name, phone number,address,
email address, name of client. You can even have
the senior begin the first letter. This is a great
Dorson Home Care Center
This is a non profit group with children
ages 10-15 who pen pal with seniors in long term care, assisted
living, adult day care, senior centers. Simply write a letter
with the name of your ogranization, first name of senior, contact
contact representative. All in coming and out going letters are
screened by volunteers. Great intergenerational program.
101 S. Locust Street IL
We received some grant funds to place a
computer with Internet access at a local nursing home. Youth
are used as volunteers to help residents in sending and receiving
We also offer summer sessions for youth and residents including
a "Girls Tea Party", A "Pioneer Day", "Wild West Day", etc.
Each day will have activities, food and crafts relating to
subject. The residents love seeing the kids and the kids enjoy
interacting with the residents.
Express - Pet Therapy Club
Facility Sponsored Pet Therapy Program & Intergenerational
Youth Garden Grant
1800.5638.7476 x 205
Deadline November 1
Each project selected will receive tools, seeds, garden products and educational
materials worth hundreds of dollars.
New Jersey Intergenerational
The New Jersey Intergenerational Network
P.O. Box 235
South Orange, NJ 07079
To join the NJIN write to Membership: P.O. Box 235, South Orange, NJ 07079
Volunteers are trained to help children with their school work. Senior citizens
serve as tutors.
Adopt A Grandparent
Grad school aged children are paired with seniors.
RSVP volunteers placed in the America Reads Program tutor children in the classroom
or one on one.
Students visit seniors. They will also do interviews of seniors about life
when they were in grade school.
Beach Haven School
Club meets once a month. Seniors join students for an activity and stay for
snack or lunch.
Involve children and nursing home residents in sing a longs, readings, games
and themed songs.
Building a Family
Church youth group meets each Saturday. Once a month they are joined by seniors.
May come to the facility.
Consists of youth volunteers who have the opportunity to interact with seniors.
WWII project where seniors share memories with students.
Central NJ Jewish
Home for the Aged
Youth visit home and become involved in programs, like pen pals, MITZVAH and
Children entertain seniors with holiday songs and skits in French.
Clowns on Call
RSVP volunteers clowns use skills to entertain children
School Kids for Kindness
Provides stimulation for youths and seniors.
Color A Smile
Collects crayon drawings from school children that are mailed all around the
country mostly to seniors citizens in an attempt to bring a smile to their
Hands Across the
Westridge Elementary School & Becker Shoop
Contact Name: Marcie
Molbeck, 6101 16th Street, WI
Phone Number: (262)637-7489
program funded through The Milken Foundation.
For two years elementary students(145 students)from
nearby school make weekly visits during the
school year to Becker Shoop Center, an alzheimer's
facility. Together, residents and students participate
in a variety of activity programs such as arts & crafts,
reading, sing alongs, games, etc. Both students
and residents look forward to their weekly visits.
Ideas, word search, themes, etc.
Ideas for Intergenerational
Activities from Intergenerational Innovations:
*Host an Intergenerational Community concert by inviting musicians of all ages
in the community to perform together. Involve retired and current music instructors
and college students in planning and conducting the performance.
Gerry Coban "Danze Innovations" 201-424-5384
*Host a Grandpersons'
Day, encouraging students to invite their grandparents
or an older friend/neighbor to school for a
special performance and/ or lunch.
*Sponsor an Intergenerational
Support Day where students can volunteer to
help older neighbors with tasks such as yard
work, grocery shopping and older neighbors can
provide respite for parents or volunteer at
a local child care center.
*Organize a Community
Forum of younger and older persons to discuss
issues of importance to both groups (e.g. crime,
ways to improve the community)
*Sponsor an Intergenerational
Olympics. For example, there can be tournaments
in tennis, ping pong, scrabble, trivia, chess,
etc. Teams can be composed of youngsters with
persons from at least one skipped generation.
One can organize a "Century Tournament" where
the teams must be made up of two members who
together equal 100 years or older.
*Organize an Intergenerational
Art Exchange between a group of older artists
and young students. Art Works can be displayed
at a school, senior center community center,
shopping mall, etc.
*Sponsor a Writing
Contest on My Favorite Older Person and My favorite
Younger Person and the winning entries can be
published in the local newspapers.
*Develop a special
Lesson Plan on Aging for teachers in area schools
to use during National Intergenerational Week
(the third week of May)
*Coordinate a Career
Day at a local elementary, middle or high school
or community college. Invite retired members
of the community to speak to students about
their work experiences. Or - involve students
in vocational classes or community college programs
with older adults, who can help them gain hands
on experience for instance, transport cosmetology
students to nursing homes to provide manicures,
pedicures, haircuts to residents. Also professional
workers in the aging field can provide talks,
tours and or written materials to students on
the work they performed.
*Conduct an Interview
Activity where students brainstorm questions
and then invite able centenarians or other older
persons to talk about their past and present
lives in the classrooms.
*Host a Folk Craft
Day whereby community members can teach a craft
once popular but unknown to most of today's
children's, such as quilting, woodcarving, bread
making, weaving, tatting, etc.
*Create an Intergenerational Talent Show whereby students and older persons
learn and perform the songs, games, dances and music spanning the last 100
*Develop an Intergenerational
Orchestra or Chorus, which involves persons
of all generations.
*Open school buildings
or senior centers for an Intergenerational Health
Fair. Provide information on health subjects
ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Cards for residents living in neighborhood nursing
*Invite your local
educational institutions, aging organizations
and a local shopping mall or community center
to sponsor an Intergenerational Awareness Day.
Provide information, presentation, and representatives
on local intergenerational programs and opportunities.
*Create a special
event for older persons to visit a nearby child
care center or have young children visit a nearby
retirement or nursing home center. Perhaps organize
an Intergenerational Picnic or Field Trip where
by children's grandparents or older friends
*Sponsor an Intergenerational
Film Festival where both documentary and fictional
films can be shown depicting intergenerational
programs throughout the US and Canada as well
as films about older and younger persons' relationships.
Excellent media can rented or loaned by film
distributors and libraries.
*Create an Intergenerational
Quilt perhaps with the theme of highlights of
the twentieth century.
** Plant an Intergenerational
Garden together with a group of Master Gardeners
in the springtime and then have a harvest party