Monday, August 04, 2014

Ring House Inc.

Deloitte employees and their families constructed a miniature golf
hole and brought it to the Home for the putting enjoyment
of resident golf enthusiasts.
EDITOR’s NOTE: Each week, we’ll feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

In part 11 of our series, we feature Ring House Inc., a senior living facility on the campus of Charles E. Smith Life Communities in Rockville, MD.

(Read parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and 10.)

During nine months a year, the Ring House Activity Department works with "Technology Helper" students and teachers from the C & T Youth Technology Academy, in Rockville, to give our senior population learning opportunities with technical tools.

The students and seniors have developed relationships and shared learning experiences together while creating a blog site. This intergenerational collaboration has expanded into summer sessions, musical performances, and an intergenerational garden.

Each summer session incorporates opportunities for integrating language arts, public speaking, growing plants, and outdoor exercise.

These sessions are documented with photography for an annual intergenerational exhibit open to the public.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group. Youth Jumpstart Grantees can share ideas here. Or just text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration.

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