often unfold organically, as childrenwalk through the hallways or peer infascination at seniors getting their hairdone or hop a ride on a visiting donkey.
“The residents just love to see childrenhaving fun.”
With funding from Age FriendlyEdmonton, the Edmonton PublicLibrary drew seniors and teenstogether to create themed memorykits containing items from decadesback and recent years. Librarians areusing the “then and now” kits to sparkconversations about cooking, fashion,toys, school and music.
As the generations swap tales about
artifacts in the kits, they fill the room
with chatter and energy. “Both seniors
and youth experience isolation and
prejudice,” says community services
librarian Kate Charuk, who started the
project with youth services librarian
Jennifer Waters. “Both benefit from doing
The very act of creating the kits
challenged stereotypes. “When they told
us what they had gone through, what
they’d built, how they improved their
lives and our lives, I see it all differently,”
says one student.
He now makes a point of visiting withhis older neighbours, whom he’d nevereven noticed before. As he puts it, “Theyhave a lot of cool stories to tell.” |a
MATCHING SENIORS AND YOUTH
Find out more about resources and
programs in Alberta and beyond.
Age Friendly Edmonton’sIntergenerational Programming Toolkit.Go to edmonton.ca and searchintergenerational toolkitAgeCare in Calgaryagecare.ca
LINKages in Calgarylink-ages.ca
Linking Generations in Sherwood Parklinkinggenerations.ca