EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.
Since 2000, Bishop’s Commons Enriched Living in New York has embraced children of all ages with creative and age appropriate activities and programs. They utilize a neighboring elementary school, daycare, and SUNY state college students to foster interaction and friendships with the seniors living at Bishop’s Commons.
On a weekly basis, the community creates activities for any age that is interactive and meaningful where children and seniors learn from each other, share experiences and life stories, and simply have fun.
It begins with the youngest of ages, where infants join seniors for “Lullaby Baby Socials.” Singing, rocking, and floor time is simple and easy, yet fulfilling for everyone.
Bishop’s Commons staff works to make a meaningful child/senior interaction and experience whenever the opportunity arises. That enriched living residence acquired a reputation around the entire Oswego community where schools that are farther away are calling to bring their students in to benefit from the programs.
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