Link Generations in the time of COVID
The Link Generations Storytelling Series through Zoom is a program where we host intergenerational sessions online and discuss various topics to connect youth and older adults.
The constantly changing public health conditions provided the opportunity to develop and test a hybrid model in which some participants are in person and some participants join through zoom. Residents at Charles E. Smith Life Communities meet together for activities, but cannot yet have young volunteers come into the building. The Link Generations program brings student volunteers to the group of residents via zoom on their big screen TV in the activities room.
Summer Storytelling Series
Link Generations operates its 6-week Summer Storytelling Series at Ingleside at King Farm. Program meets two afternoons each week. Middle and high school student volunteers meet one afternoon for education about aging and planning that week’s intergenerational activity. Students are trained in basic principles of adult development and aging and practical techniques for working with older adults who have cognitive and physical limitations. Students design activities around themes that target cognitive stimulation, social interaction, and physical movement. Residents join the second afternoon each week for an interactive program.