At Hope for Dementia, our team is always striving to think of new ways we can help our charity reach its goals. All of our objectives are important to us but raising awareness is integral to our cause and to the disease itself. The Intergenerational Learning Program was launched during World Alzheimer’s Month (September) with a mission to encourage intergenerational interaction thereby reducing the feeling of loneliness and isolation that many elders face everyday.
The program allows seniors and young people to interact with one another. Young volunteers either spend time in senior care facilities, or visit private homes to interact with one another, with the goal of both learning one thing and teaching one thing. Our young volunteers have been very successful with bringing seniors into the digital age, showing them how to use the latest apps on their smartphones, or how to navigate the internet and social media. The seniors, in turn, are asked to share some of their life experience whether it’s a culinary skill or advice from their former professional lives. The interactions allow both to benefit and the more the elderly avoid isolation, the more they have to look forward to and to raise hope.
We encourage you to get involved with this program! Contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more or volunteer for the program itself!
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