Link Generations Program at Ring House

Practice effective strategies for working with older adults and plan intergenerational activities based on your interests. Examples of programs are music and memory, sharing life stories, art, and teaching computer skills. Program meets at Charles E. Smith Life Communities’ Ring House in Rockville, Sundays, starting September 17. Students meet the Thursday evening in advance of the Sunday program to plan. Students earn SSL hours for time spent planning and facilitating the Sunday programs.

Sunday program dates (1 – 3 pm):

February 11, 2018     (Training/planning session is Feb. 8, 7-9pm)

March 11, 2018     (Training/planning session is March 8, 7-9pm)

April 15, 2018     (Training/planning session is April 12, 7-9pm)

May 6, 2018     (Training/planning session is May 3, 7-9pm)

2018 Intergenerational Art Program at Ring House

The Intergenerational Art Program at Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville offers high school and college students an opportunity to support older adults as they create beautiful works of abstract art. Volunteers enjoy the satisfaction of forming a relationship with an older adult, while gaining valuable experience that prepares them for careers in such fields as art education, art therapy, psychology or social work.

The program is offered by Charles E. Smith Life Communities in partnership with Link Generations. The program is based on the award-winning, nationally recognized art-making program for people with memory loss developed at Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center in Ohio.

During the six-week program, each student is paired with an older adult with some cognitive challenges. Each week, the partners work on a different art project in a small-group setting. The sessions culminate in an exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments.

Volunteers do not need a background in art. The most important criteria are that volunteers are friendly, patient and respectful and have an interest in working with older adults. Volunteers must also be able to commit to attending the training session and weekly sessions. Earn up to 20 SSL hours.

Intergenerational Art Program Dates

Training session – June 28, 9am-12noon

Weekly intergenerational sessions: Thursdays, 10am-12noon (July 12, 19,26, Aug 2, 9, 16)

Art exhibition – Sunday, September 16

Contact to register.

2018 Summer Storytelling Series at Ingleside at King Farm

Join the second Summer Storytelling Series at Ingleside at King Farm to learn effective strategies for working with older adults and plan interactive programs based on older adults’ interests and yours. Student volunteers will participate in the summer program June 19-August 2 with Ingleside residents. Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 pm, student volunteers will meet for training and education about principles of aging, best practices for working with older adults, and leadership skills. Students will lead intergenerational programs Thursdays 2:30-4:00 pm. Earn up to 30 SSL hours.  Students must commit to attending a minimum of four weeks. Contact to register.