Twice a year, sixth grade students from Norwood Fontbonne Academy in Philadelphia spend an afternoon at Artman Lutheran Home, making crafts, playing bingo, and talking with the residents.

“I think it’s neat to interact with older people and experience what their lives are like,” Norwood student Kaitlin Eney said. “It’s neat to discover what they were like when they were my age.” Kaitlin learned that she has a lot in common with some of the residents. “One woman I talked to is Italian, and so I am. I love to dance, and she loves to dance too.”

For Thomas Woolly, talking with the residents makes him wonder what his future holds. “We get to talk to them about where they’ve been and what they’ve done. It’s so cool to hear about,” he said. “It makes me think about all of the things that I am doing to do.”

Intergenerational programming is beneficial for both younger and older generations. What do you think that some of the benefits are?

 

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