by Cassandra Clark, MS, BA, CES, CPT, ADC
Activity Director
Arlington Court Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Intergenerational programs are becoming an essential activity in nursing homes. There are many benefits for not only the children and the seniors, but for the community as a whole. Here at Arlington Court we have had a special relationship with Greensview Elementary school and Bishop Watterson High school. We are welcoming students from Upper Arlington High school next month as well as a couple of Girl Scout troops from the Central Ohio region.

Some benefits to our seniors include:

  • learn new games and sometimes about the latest electronics from the students
  • seniors experience fewer falls from staying active and being less agitated
  • for our seniors with dementia, they experience positive effects and better moods when interacting with children

Some benefits for the children and students that volunteer:

  • children develop social networks
  • communication skills
  • problem-solving abilities,
  • a positive attitude towards aging and the geriatric population

Greensview Elementary school comes twice a month on Thursday mornings. The children will bring books they’ve written, poems they are working on for class, or some art projects to work on with our seniors. Some of our residents from our memory care unit joined in the activity and were thrilled. One resident in particular was so tickled and happy by seeing the students work on the cards she couldn’t stop smiling.

The students from Bishop Watterson High School typically come on the weekends and help pass out our Chronicles, visit with residents one on one, and last week they were teaching residents how to play Wii bowling and Wheel of Fortune. These students have had such a positive impact on our residents and we are truly lucky to be working with them.

Pictured in the photo, Greensview Elementary showing our seniors how to play certain board games as well as making Valentine’s Day cards. We love the positive interactions that have occurred since working with children and look forward to building many relationships within our community here at Arlington Court.