When a Senior Becomes a Teen’s Grandparent for a Day

I was reminded recently of the small moments of connection and light that can occur when young teens go to visit seniors in living facilities. I was visiting an intergenerational program with the middle school Jewish Community Center campers at Brookdale Lake Orienta in Altamonte Springs. Walter Goldstein, The Jewish Pavilion’s intergenerational program coordinator, planned and led the 2 hour afternoon program. It was a large group of kids—about 40 young teens filled the commons area with the buzz of chatter and the barely suppressed energy they all seem to have in endless supply. The seniors were fewer in number, but they seemed patient and game—and not at all bothered by the unusual noise

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