The Gerontologist, Vol 31, Issue 2 263-266, Copyright © 1991 by The Gerontological Society of America
Intergenerational Partners Project: a model linking elementary students with senior center volunteers
RH Aday, C Rice and E Evans
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro 37132.
Age-integrated programming has become an effective way to bring the young
and old closer together. This paper describes a 9-month intergenerational
program designed to establish a more intimate involvement between a group
of 4th graders and elderly volunteers from Senior Neighbors. The format
used to organize the project is presented, and ongoing activities and
program benefits are identified. The goals of this project have been richly
met, reducing students' fears and misconceptions about aging and providing
a satisfying experience for the seniors.