See the study results of our intergenerational program

Bridging Generations’ participants (students, residents, teachers and activity directors) complete pre- and post-program surveys. We recently compiled 4 years of those surveys into a longitudinal study and are so excited to share what we found:

Read and share this summary document or take a look at the full study.

From the Findings: The transformation in the children’s views of older persons is best encapsulated in one student who in the fall had described older persons as “boring” and “grouchy” and had noted that he didn’t really like some old people.  By spring he had definitely changed his views:

 “I learned that I love to see older people because they bring me lots of joy.  The people from the home help me see the potential that I have with older people and that they can do many things.”

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“Our residents always spend the rest of the day talking about how much they enjoyed the visit.”