Intergenerational Programs Benefit Seniors and Students

Dan F. and the fourth graders from Naramake Elementary School were all smiles at Brightview on New Canaan in Norwalk, Connecticut last month when they got together for a variety of arts and crafts projects.

One of the art projects – lollipop flowers made from brightly-colored construction paper and Tootsie Roll pops – were quite a hit, and tasted even better.
Dan, an 86-year old retired attorney and World War II Veteran loves watching sports and playing cards. He’s also a history buff and thespian, having performed at a local community theatre in New Canaan for years.
But, on this day, the kids had his full attention.
“Connecting with the youngsters from the school was a terrific experience,” said Dan. “It was also very rewarding. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and makes me feel great. We can’t help but smile.”
And the smiles were wide as Dan and other residents teamed up with the students.
“Something special happens when you bring seniors and students together,” explained Diane Gagliano, one of two Community Sales Directors at Brightview on New Canaan. “They laughed and shared stories and had fun. It was a tremendous experience for everyone – residents, students, and even for, us, the associates here. It was a great collaboration.”
Added Maria Owens, Community Sales Director and Diane’s sales partner, “The benefits from intergenerational programming and social interactions are incredible. Everyone learns from one another and grows together.”
The students are planning a return visit later this spring, in May, and will partner up with residents to explore Patriotic themes.
“We hope to continue this partnership with Naramake as well as several other schools in the area,” concluded Diane. “It is so valuable for everyone.”
Brightview on New Canaan features Assisted Living and Wellspring Village®, a specially designed neighborhood where people living with dementia lead full, engaged and meaningful lives.

Located at 162 New Canaan Ave in Norwalk, Brightview on New Canaan has been serving seniors and their families for over a year. The community opened in January, 2016.

For more information, please contact Diane Gagliano or Maria Owens at 203-857-1836.