GrandPals is an intergenerational program that connects middle school students with older adults (55+) for mutual learning, storytelling and meaningful friendships. GrandPals was first implemented in 2010 in Orangeville, Ontario with the support of the local age-friendly community initiative (AFCI), and has since been implemented in 55 classes at 9 elementary schools.
Over the next year, The Centre for Studies in Aging and Health and the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program will be developing the infrastructure and partnerships needed to enable growth of this outstanding program to other communities. AFCIs are viewed as a key element to growing the impact of the program by mobilizing older adults to participate.
This webinar will provide an introduction to intergenerational programming, share key learnings from GrandPals and discuss how this program can be integrated into age-friendly action plans. This webinar will also include interactive components to gather input from the AFCI community on future implementation processes, including anticipated barriers and required resources.
For more information about GrandPals, visit: www.grandpals.ca.