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Meadow Park London

(519) 686-0484 - 1210 Southdale Road East London, Ontario

Inter-Generation Links in London

 

How the Hillside Church Boys and Girls Club Are Bridging the Gap from Community to Long Term Care

Meadow Park in London was recently approached by the Hillside Church Girls and Boys Club to partner with some of their youth members to participate in some different inter-generational programming at the long-term care home.

Each month the resident and youth get together for different activities that encourage connections and linkages between the students and older adults. They exchange stories and work together to achieve goals each time they are together.

“This is a great way for the Youth of Hillside Church to give back to the community and help out the seniors at Meadow Park Care Centre,” Sarah, Youth Director at Hillside Church.

These social vehicles offer younger and older generations to opportunities to interact and break the boundaries surrounding common issues to both age groups. One such issue is centered around age and identity created by society. Both the young and the old can be stereotyped or categorized and individual, person-centred equality is lost.

The older adults residing at Meadow Park can become a source of information when wisdom is shared with the boys and girls club of Hillside Church. The youth group then provides companionship. The ultimate goal is to provide an atmosphere that benefits both groups so that they work alongside each other and demolish any false stereotypes that are created by an unenlightened few.

 “Bringing community into Meadow Park continues to be an important part of connecting the residents into society. Some residents don’t have family or friends and this provides them with a social aspect," Mac Chesher, Life Enrichment Coordinator.

 

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