Bridging Generations, Building Relationships Multigenerational Programming
A sample of our many exciting programs, by community NewBridge on the Charles
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
• Making Memories with The Rashi School—Weekly one-on-one visits between middle school students at the on-campus K-8 Jewish independent school and NewBridge residents in memory care.
• Alzheimer’s Buddies—Weekly one-on-one visits between Harvard University students and seniors with dementia, with each student engaging with the same senior throughout the school year.
• Mentoring 5th Grade Scientists—Independent living residents coach Rashi School students as they develop science projects.
• Stories from Russia—Brandeis University students create bilingual profiles of Russian-speaking seniors, capturing their personal stories to be shared with the community.
• Youth-led Shabbat Services—Rashi School students lead weekly Jewish prayer and entertain with Israeli dance performances by elementary and middle schoolers. • Teen Tech Connection—Dedham High School students meet with seniors weekly, providing companionship, conversation, and technology support. • Youth Service Days—Area private schools and synagogues bring youth to participate in various 1-day volunteer experiences, bringing vibrancy to the community and often leading to more sustained engagement.
• Preschool Pals—Willow Path Preschool and Little Voice bring the youngest and oldest community members together for music, reading, art projects, and heart-warming interaction. • Freshman Friends—First-year Wheelock College students studying human growth and development visit regularly throughout each semester to help seniors with technology and provide other support. • Maimonides School Volunteers—Students from Maimonides School develop activity groups, transport seniors, support life enhancement programs, and build relationships.
Engaging Students and Seniors Hebrew SeniorLifeâ€™s multigenerational programs unite generations, bringing together senior residents and students from the community to forge impactful, meaningful relationships. Operating across the spectrum of care with a variety of partners and schools, our programming is uniquely designed to support the needs of old and young alike: seniors find a strong sense of purpose and companionship through engagement with the students, who learn the value of service and gain a deeper understanding of the rich lives and experiences of older adults.
Hebrew SeniorLifeâ€™s nationally recognized approach to multigenerational programming has led to grant awards to expand our offerings throughout our campuses. By nurturing connections between young and old, Hebrew SeniorLife is fostering new frontiers in aging, while enhancing the lives of all participants.
Simon C. Fireman Community
Center Communities of Brookline
• Training Tomorrow’s Nurses—This multigenerational class through Curry College called “The Nursing Care of Older Adults” has become a national model for nurse training and multigenerational innovation.
• S.H.O.P. (Students Helping Older People)—Brookline High School students provide grocery shopping and friendly visits for residents.
• Teen Tech Connection—Randolph Public School students provide computer lab assistance to residents on a biweekly basis. • School Service Programs—Students from Milton Academy, Noble and Greenough School, and other schools participate in weekly lunch visits, annual community service program days on site, and a variety of other special programs. • Student Talent Showcase—Student performers of song, dance, and theater from Fontbonne Academy, Sharon High School, Curry College, and other local schools entertain residents.
The Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program of Hebrew SeniorLife has been nationally recognized as a “Program of Distinction” by Generations United. The Program was also recognized with a Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services.
• “Senior-Senior” Prom—Brookline High School students demonstrate how dance has evolved across generations, then host an annual prom event providing manicures, corsages, and personalized music lists for residents. • “Adopt a Bubbe”—Maimonides School high school students join residents for monthly dinners. • Young Performers Series—A cappella groups and young musicians from the New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and “From the Top” perform for residents. • Training Tomorrow’s Nurses—Weekly visits from Simmons College nursing students who run community health clinics, share meals with residents, and participate in activities throughout the academic year. • Gap-Year Interns from Germany—Through a partnership with Action Reconciliation Service for Peace, full-time interns spend the year between their high school and university studies volunteering with residents by making presentations, taking walks with seniors, and supporting various multigenerational programs.
Jack Satter House
• Jewish Holiday Celebrations—Middle-schoolers at Epstein Hillel Academy help celebrate holidays with Jewish residents.
• Young Talent Series—College a cappella groups and other young artists perform for residents, with discussions afterwards.
• Studying with Garfield Elementary School—Residents visit Revere Public Schools to read, discuss, and create projects based on books central to the Common Core curriculum.
• Sharing with Residents and Holocaust Survivors— Students from Temple Beth Shalom of Needham collaborate with residents on art projects and technology, and learn about personal histories and traditions.
• Third-Grade Pen Pals—Students at Revere’s Whelan Elementary School exchange biweekly letters with residents. The program culminates in an end-of-school-year celebration at which pen pals meet face to face.
• Camp Cove Days—Three days of activities for children of staff members, who participate in activities with residents in Skilled Nursing.
“I can honestly say that every day I visited, my cheeks would be sore from smiling the whole time!” – Lauren, 10th grade
These are just some of the many multigenerational programs that are held regularly throughout Hebrew SeniorLife communities. For more information on these programs, please contact: The Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program Hebrew SeniorLife 5000 Great Meadow Road Dedham, MA 02026 781-234-9217 www.hebrewseniorlife.org/multigen
“ I met someone I’ll never forget in this program. Learning about her background and life opened my eyes, and inspired me to live life to the fullest.” – Hannah, 12th grade