"We Need Each Other"!
Today, kids spend their days at school and elders gather for clubs, classes and meals that often expressly bar the young, consigning both groups to isolation - from mainstream society and from one another. Fortunately, Americans still believe that kids and seniors merit special treatment.
...BUT protection should not equal isolation.
JRC's Intergenerational Connections Program brings the children and the seniors together to benefit both generations. The purpose of intergenerational programming is mutually beneficial through planned interactions. When the two generations are brought together, they engage each other through verbal or nonverbal means, begin to get to know each other and build relationships.
JRC'c Intergenerational Program activity takes place on Wednesday each week, from 10:30am - 11:30am, at the Myrna A. Pastore JRC Campus located at 3300 Parkway St. NW Canton, Ohio 44708.
If you have questions about the program or would like to volunteer at an intergenerational activity, please contact LeeAnn Chievitz, Intergenerational Connections Program Director, at 330-454-3471 ext. 405.
Jackie & Amari
Jackie attended the Adult Day Center and had Alzheimer's. She always spoke in very broken sentences, often only using one word to convey her thoughts. When partnered with "Amari", who attended the Learning Center, during an Intergenerational Program activity, Jackie actually asked Amari, "What color is that?" We were all amazed that she spoke a full sentence!
Georgia & Alex
Georgia attended the JRC Adult Day Center and Alex attended the Learning Center. Georgia and Alex partnered together to create a artistic representation of their time together at an Intergenerational Program activity. When it was time for the children to go back to the Learning Center Georgia, with a tear in her eye, asked one of the staff "Is it time for them to leave already? But...we didn't have enough time!"