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ABOUT THIS GUIDE, Tried and True A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site. Programs was developed at one type of intergenerational setting a co located adult. day services program and child development center Generations United GU is pleased. to collaborate with the Neighbors Growing Together program at Virginia Tech to present. this activities guide These activities are targeted to young children and frail adults but. many can be easily adapted or modified for use with other populations GU hopes in the. future to offer supplemental activities targeted to different populations and indoor and. outdoor settings For the most current information visit www gu org. ABOUT GENERATIONS UNITED, Generations United GU is the national membership organization focused solely on. improving the lives of children youth and older people through intergenerational. strategies programs and public policies GU represents more that 100 national state. and local organizations and individuals representing more that 70 million Americans. Since 1986 GU has served as a resource for educating policymakers and the public. about the economic social and personal imperatives of intergenerational cooperation. GU acts as a catalyst for stimulating collaboration between aging children and youth. organizations providing a forum to explore areas of common ground while celebrating the. richness of each generation,ABOUT NEIGHBORS GROWING TOGETHER. Neighbors Growing Together is an intergenerational program based at Virginia Tech in. Blacksburg Virginia Neighbors consists of the university s Adult Day Services ADS and. Child Development Center for Learning and Research CDCLR a shared site. intergenerational care program The ADS and CDCLR have been co located for twelve. years serving pre school age children and elders with care needs who live in the. community with their families The Neighbors Growing Together program s mission is to. improve the lives of people across the lifespan through intergenerational collaboration. involving teaching research and outreach The following goals drive Neighbors work. 1 To prepare professionals to work with children and older adults. 2 To research child and adult development,3 To inform best intergenerational practices. 4 To provide services to children older adults and their families and to the early. childhood and adult development community in the commonwealth. 5 To inform public policy related to intergenerational programs. Tried and True,A Guide to Successful,Intergenerational Activities at.
Shared Site Programs,Shannon E Jarrott Ph D Ila Schepisi CTRS. Associate Professor Activities Director VT Adult Day Services. Director of Research VT Adult Day Services Brandi Barnett Karen Baker Christina Gigliotti. Department of Human Development Charlotte Lebo Lelia Mays Rebecca Porter Ryan Traylor. Virginia Tech and Starr Vile, Blacksburg VA 24061 0416 Students in the Department of Human Development. Phone 540 231 5434 at Virginia Tech,sjarrott vt edu. www intergenerational clahs vt edu,Made possible by a grant from. TRIED AND TRUE, A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS STAFF,Donna M Butts,CHAIR Michael S Marcus. Principal Executive Director,John Rother, Director of Policy and Strategy Consultants for Community Resources Ana Beltran. AARP Matthew Melmed Special Advisor, Executive Director National Center on Grandparents. VICE CHAIR Zero to Three and Other Relatives Raising Children. Lawrence McAndrews,President William L Minnix Vicki Bolton. National Association of Children s President Public Policy Coordinator. Hospitals Related Institutions American Association of Homes and Mary Dunbar. Services for the Aging Office Assistant,SECRETARY Larry Naake.
MaryLee Allen Brent Elrod,Executive Director Program Director. Director National Association of Counties, Child Welfare and Mental Health Jaia Peterson Lent. Children s Defense Fund Jimmie Walton Paschall Public Policy Outreach Director. Executive Vice President for External, TREASURER Affairs Volunteers of America John Martin. James Firman Office Grants Manager,Susan Sullivan,President Roxana Martinez. Director of Strategic Planning and, National Council on the Aging Program Resource Assistant.
Partnerships,BOARD MEMBERS Verizon Foundation Sheri Steinig. Shay Bilchik Paul N D Thornell Special Projects Director. President and CEO Vice President Federal Government Claire Wilker. Child Welfare League of America Affairs Campaign Manager. Robert Dugger Citigroup,Managing Director Generations United. Mary Ann Van Clief, Tudor Investment Corporation Vice President 1333 H Street NW Suite 500W. The Brookdale Foundation Group Washington DC 20005. Marc Freedman,President Phone 202 289 3979,Judy Vredenburgh. Civic Ventures Director CEO Fax 202 289 3952, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Email gu gu org.
Robert Goodwin,President and CEO www gu org,SPECIAL ADVISORS. Points of Light Foundation and Copyright 2007 Generations United. Robert Blancato,Volunteer Center National Network,Irv Katz Matz Blancato Associates. Catherine Milton,National Human Services Asembly,TRIED AND TRUE. A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, Generations United gratefully acknowledges the following dedicated people whose help. made this publication possible Special thanks to Dr Shannon E Jarrott for writing this. manual and to the entire team at Virginia Tech s Neighbors Growing Together program. for kindly sharing their tried and true intergenerational activities Thanks also to Sheri. Steinig GU s Special Projects Director for spearheading this project and directing GU s. work on intergenerational shared sites, We would also like to thank the members of GU s Shared Site Advisory Board who.
continue to help guide our shared site work and provide valuable feedback Paul Arfin. Intergenerational Strategies Kelly Bruno ONEgeneration Sherri Clark Administration. on Aging Shannon Jarrott Virginia Tech Jed Johnson Easter Seals National Matt. Kaplan Penn State University Dawn Meyerski Mount Kisco Day Care Lois Pelligrino My. Second Home Constance Todd National Council on Aging Vicki Rosebrook Marilyn. Gordon Macklin Intergenerational Institute and Mary Windt The Marvin. Under One Roof Inc, Finally we thank MetLife Foundation whose generous financial support made the. development and printing of this publication possible. The photographs in this manual are from Neighbors Growing Together program and the. Generations United s annual Intergenerational Photography Contest sponsored by. MetLife Foundation,TRIED AND TRUE, A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs. TABLE OF CONTENTS,1 Introduction,1 Background,2 Challenges. 5 Intergenerational Activity Objectives,6 Activity Flexibility. 7 Process v Product,7 Creating Your Own Intergenerational Activities.
10 Organization of the Manual,11 Conclusion,12 Resources. 16 Appendices,25 Activities,TRIED AND TRUE, A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs. INTRODUCTION, As America s population ages many service providers and educators realize the potential. in linking young and old people through intergenerational programs These programs bring. together children youth and older people for mutual benefit Shared site intergenerational. programs are those where both generations receive ongoing services at the same time at. a single site Typically these programs include a child care program with a nursing home. or adult day services program Intergenerational shared sites can contribute to positive. relationships and emotional well being of young and elderly participants while supporting. family caregivers, Effective intergenerational programming is powerful and yet it does not always come. naturally Working with young children and frail elders presents unique developmental and. Facilitator, generational challenges as well as opportunities How many 30 year olds can tell us what Tip.
it is like riding a mule to school and how many 40 year olds were operating computers at. the age of 5 Planning using evidence based practices and evaluating outcomes are. integral to building and sustaining a successful intergenerational program At shared Defer questions from. sites intergenerational opportunities foster community capacity or a sense of collective children to the older. competence and shared responsibility community members feel for each other The whole adults If a child asks. is greater than the sum of the parts a facilitator for help. Tried and True presents intergenerational opportunities used at Virginia Tech s Neighbors cutting something. Growing Together program The Neighbors program consists of a child development have her ask her older. center and adult day services program and has seven years experience studying adult partner to help. intergenerational programming involving preschoolers and frail elders with physical and with the task. cognitive impairment Generations United is pleased to collaborate with the Neighbors. Growing Together team to present this handbook of activities that can be used at. shared sites or other intergenerational programs These activities are targeted to young. children and frail elders but many could be easily adapted or modified for use with other. populations Besides plans for specific intergenerational activities the guide provides a. brief background on shared sites recommendations on developing your own. intergenerational opportunities steps in activity planning evaluation templates suitable. for reproduction references to additional resources and tips for facilitators of. intergenerational activities,BACKGROUND, Intergenerational shared sites can encompass a wide range of human services programs. Though the most common types connect a child care program and a nursing home or. adult day services other shared site models support youth centers parks and Photo Steven Durost. recreation programs before after school care libraries senior centers and. TRIED AND TRUE, A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs. multigenerational community centers Important benefits for child and adult participants. as well as other community members have been associated with shared sites. For example affect or mood was more positive and engagement higher among frail. elders during intergenerational programming than during single generation activities 1. Shared sites that placed older adults in mentoring roles during programming with. young children revealed benefits to elder participants of choice initiative and. autonomy2 and reduced instances of disengagement 3. Family members and teachers report benefits for children such as increased comfort. around persons with disabilities receiving individualized attention and sense of. purpose experienced when children are able to teach or help older adult partners 4. Facilitator, Beyond the old young participants other shared site stakeholders benefit from. intergenerational programming, One early study of nursing home administrators revealed that having a childcare. program at the nursing home enhanced staff morale and community relations 5 Set up the. intergenerational space, Family members of children enrolled in shared site day care suggested that children to encourage.
who regularly participated in intergenerational programming were more comfortable interactions Alternate. interacting with elders they met at church and in the broader community 6. children s and older, Staff have even commented on the benefits they experience as a result of intergenera adults chairs. tional programming both because of the chance to spend time with another generation around the table and. and because of the relationships they build with staff from other programs 7 angle the partners. chairs slightly towards,each other,CHALLENGES, While positive results predominate facilitators of intergenerational programming at. shared sites face challenges as well It is important to know about these challenges in. order to prevent or limit them and know how to address them if they arise They are not. uncommon and can largely be avoided through training collaboration and planning Staff. who work with children or older adults are typically trained for caring at one end of the. life course or the other As a result they may be unfamiliar or even uncomfortable with. facilitating intergenerational activities or visiting a neighboring program serving clients. so different from their own Providing intergenerational cross training that orients staff. to the clients staff members and care philosophy and practices of the other generation. program creates opportunities to discuss misconceptions ideas and questions about. collaborating programs 8 Staff learn how to work with their partner program s clients and. about organizational policies that affect staffing and intergenerational programming. TRIED AND TRUE, A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, Intergenerational programs are often initiated by an individual with a great idea and or a. strong commitment to building intergenerational relationships This person may tak. Special thanks to Dr Shannon E Jarrottfor writing this Photo Steven Durost TRIED AND TRUE A Guide to Successful Intergenerational Activities at Shared Site Programs 2 multigenerational community centers Important benefits for child and adult participants as well as other community members have been associated with shared sites For example affect or mood was more positive and

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