New Canaan Cares, Community ProgramsThe Elder Buddies team builds a community with the residents at the School House Apartments in New Canaan. They work together to plan and execute group socialization activities that focus on crossing the generations in a fun and exciting way. These weekly meetings focus on strengthening cognitive skills in the elderly to help keep their minds sharp while also teaching leaders the importance of communication and organization. Leaders create lesson plans designed to incorporate problem solving and communication skills with confidence and fun! High schoolers focus on bridging the gap between the two generations through theme nights such as Game Show Night, Springtime Spectacular, and Mexican night. The sense of family that is developed is further strengthened through activities such as story telling, crafts, and trivia. Elder Buddies is a great way to learn more about the elderly and create community while building on skills that will be essential throughout high school and beyond.

 

Skills Addressed:

Communication
Preparedness
Socialization
Public Speaking
Time Management