LITTLE BROTHERS: BRINGING GENERATIONS TOGETHER
If you stop to think about it, there’s a whole generation separating a 60-year-old and an 80-year-old. Their life experiences are different – and definitely worth sharing.
At Little Brothers, we strive to bring people of all ages together: Millennials, Generation Xers, Baby Boomers and Elder Friends alike.
The resulting intergenerational mix yields countless moments of enjoyment and enrichment, resonating with all concerned at a deeply human level.
Giving seniors and young people projects to do together is a great way to break down boundaries, open minds and cultivate mutual respect. Our Elder Friends love to interact with elementary and high-school students, teens from youth centres and young adults – and the feeling is mutual! These encounters can take various forms, such as weekly half-day visits during summer vacation or a season-long shared gardening activity at the Youth Gardens in Montreal’s Space for Life.
INTERGENERATIONAL “VISÂGES ET TÉMOIGNÂGES” PROGRAM
As part of the Elder Friends in the Montreal area had multiple opportunities to meet and connect with high-school students to discuss where older people fit into today’s society, the similarities and differences between generations, social isolation, the role of youth in seniors’ lives and wisdom and how it applies to various stages in life.
The result was a series of videos and letters prepared by these youth and presented to our Elder Friends. Emotions ran high, mainly because many of the seniors featured in the video had never seen themselves on screen before. The program was run in conjunction with the Centre de développement pour l’exercice de la citoyenneté (CDEC), with financial assistance from Telus.
SURFING TOGETHER: HELPING OUR ELDER FRIENDS RIDE THE WAVES OF THE DIGITAL OCEAN
The purpose of the Surfing Together program is to teach our Elder Friends how to use a tablet and explore the Internet. Equipped with an iPad and activity guide, volunteers go to an Elder Friend’s home and gradually walk them through the process. The result? Not only do our participating seniors expand their knowledge, they expand their circle of acquaintances!
By easing them into the digital world, we are also helping to bridge the generation gap.