Timeless: An intergenerational social program
As Canada’s population is aging, there is an important opportunity to leverage the wisdom and strength of those who have contributed substantially to the social and economic fabric of our country. One way to ensure that these contributions are recognized long into the future is by providing opportunities to facilitate knowledge sharing with younger generations. This program is the result of a study led by MIRA to understand the necessary considerations for designing and developing a physical space and programming to enable interactions between university students and older adults.
Older adults aged 65 and over that are able to commit 1-2 hours a month to visiting the University campus.
The program will begin in September 2019 and will take place weekdays from September to April. Programming will be offered in two timeslots (late-morning and afternoon), therefore it should suit most schedules. The exact day and time will be determined in September in consultation with volunteers.
Les Prince Hall, on McMaster’s main campus. Conveniently located close to both above ground and underground parking lots. Also accessible using public transit.
What will you get out of the program?
Opportunities to help first year students settle in to school, opportunities to build new relationships, opportunities to share insights and life experiences with others, a new network of friends of all ages, a way to build your connections with the McMaster Community, an opportunity to learn new things and new perspectives. Parking can be reimbursed for participants without parking passes and refreshments will be provided.
What will happen at these events?
Socializing with first year students in residence who have indicated they are interested in spending time with older adults and intergenerational socializing.
Activities will include:
- Casual conversation opportunities that will encourage volunteers to build relationships with one another, share their knowledge and insights with students, and help them build connections to their new communities.
- On-campus field trips. Opportunities for older adults to explore locations on campus and participate in other on-campus programming
Are you interested? Contact us!
Allison Ward | Project Manager
Phone: 905.525.9140 x 21428