Benefits Of Intergenerational Programs For Children And Elderly Residents

1792 Words Mar 6th, 2015 8 Pages
Executive Summary
Purpose of this report
There are no known intergenerational programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) that, using a contact model, aim to enhance students’ awareness of the aging process and expand their knowledge about career opportunities in the field of geriatric care. Indeed, there are no known intergenerational programs formalized into the county’s public school academic curriculum at all. This report purposes to:
• provide an outline of the benefits of intergenerational programs not only to the students and elderly residents, but to the community at large
• propose implementing the Adopt-a-Grandfriend Project, pairing middle school students with residents of nursing and/or assisted living communities, as one such initiative.
Findings and Conclusions
Individuals between the ages of 80-84 are the fastest growing segment of the population in the state of Maryland. Of the nearly 5.7 million people in Maryland in 2010, 18.6% were over the age of 60. It is expected that this percentage will increase to 25.8% of Maryland’s projected population of 6.7 million by the year 2030. With these and similar statistics in mind, it is imperative, then, that the present groundswell of intergenerational initiatives continue to rise to meet this increasing demand. To that aim, this document proposes the Adopt-a-Grandfriend Project, pairing 8th grade James Madison IB World Middle School students with residents of Collington Life Care Center’s nursing and…
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