Month: October 2021

Moving Moments as Queensland seniors and children connect in intergenerational program

As Sylvia Evans navigates the grief of losing three of four children in 29 years, a new program connecting seniors and four-year-olds is changing her life. “My heart was broken many times but from that very first day at Moving Moments my life changed,” the 82-year-old said. “The children don’t know how much they are …

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A COVID-19 response: Intergenerational tutoring program matches OLLI members, young children for online learning

Mike McCormick was talking about the unlikely meeting of a bumble bee and a bear. Actually, he was reading aloud about characters featured in a children’s book. McCormick was connected online via Zoom with a boy of kindergarten age who followed along with him. They could see each other, as well as an electronic version …

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Intergenerational programs enrich the lives of children and older adults

“Connections between generations are essential for the mental health and stability of a nation,” says Margaret Mead, famous American Cultural Anthropologist. Intergenerational Programs provides children and older adults opportunities to connect, learn, and enjoy meaningful experiences and relationships; and has been proven to develop community trust. Seniors who participate in intergenerational programs gain a sense of …

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Increased social networking reduces COVID-19-induced loneliness on elders, survey reveals

COVID-19 in itself is not necessarily leading to an increase in loneliness if coupled with social networking, data from a survey conducted on elder people living in retirement homes has revealed. In a media release, researchers from the Griffith University said that “while wellbeing is predicted to decrease with higher levels of loneliness during COVID-19, …

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Virtual friends come together after a year of video calls to celebrate Christmas

Our Greystanes care home residents have been connecting with year 6 students (from their classroom) before and during COVID-19 via weekly video calls, as part of an Intergenerational Learning program with Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary School, Greystanes. After 9 months of visitor restrictions, the students finally met their elderly friends in the same physical space …

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Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta – (Articles and Videos)

Calls to expand program that connects primary school students with aged care residents during the pandemic A program in Western Sydney connecting Our Lady Queen of Peace Primary school students with aged care residents is showing incredible promise, with calls to expand it beyond the coronavirus pandemic. And after a very long year, today a …

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