It's a new year, and everywhere we turn we see messages of what we should change for 2018. We're told to change our bodies, change our image, and change our lives for the new year. The reality however, for seeing change in the new year may be more simple than we think!
Perhaps it is as simple as choosing to consider how we can help others in 2018 and beyond! Intergenerational connections are such an easy and healthy way to feel connected, valued and invested and to help another individual feel connected, valued and invested too! Research shows that intergenerational isolation lowers social and emotional quality of life for both younger and older generations. To combat feelings of isolation for both generations, LINKages creates and facilitates programs in Schools & Care Centres and in Communities that are geared towards bringing generations together to emphasize purposeful connections, mutually-beneficial activities and exchanges of knowledge.
Maybe your New Years Resolution could be something as simple as choosing to volunteer with LINKages in one of our community programs! Click here to see opportunities!
Or perhaps you are reading this and thinking of a loved one in a Care Centre who might be feeling socially isolated at the start of the new year, and you think they might benefit from participating in a program. Click here to find out about our School Programs in Care Centres, and ask a staff member at the Care Centre if LINKages already has programs there. We are already in 14 different Care Centres in Calgary!
Lastly, consider making a donation to help further more intergenerational programming in our City. Together we can stop social and emotional isolation for younger and older generations in 2018 and beyond!
"I thought we would be here for the seniors, but we learned a lot from them. To interact with seniors made me feel peaceful and calm. When I see my senior's face, it was all worth it."
- A Student from a Junior High School Program