Bridging Generations sessions are always fun, even more so when puppies are added! The students from San Domenico were wonderful buddies for Bello Gardens Assisted Living residents, making sure they could all enjoy the puppies Jessica's Haven and Rescue brought and even decorating the tree in the activity room.
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:
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.”
“Our residents always spend the rest of the day talking about how much they enjoyed the visit.”
LITA and our partnering facilities are excited to have new 2nd through 8th grade students, including San Domenico Middle School's Service Learning Club and Dixie Elementary’s 4th & 5th grade. Some of our returning participating schools are starting their 10th or 11th year of the program. We hope they have an exciting, meaningful year as they bring joy to seniors throughout Marin!
LITA was awarded a SPROUTS grant from the Marin County Parks department to explore having Bridging Generations' sessions in one of our wonderful county parks. It is a great way to encourage even more connection and shared experiences between the students and residents.