The 'Grandbuddy' Program Socializes Seniors and Kids

By: Laura McQuarrie - Nov 12, 2015
References: lacrossetribune
Third grade teacher Lori Nestingen from Westby Elementary School in Wisconsin runs a unique bonding program for seniors and kids by the name of 'Grandbuddy.'

The kids are paired up with an elderly resident of the Norseland Nursing Home and are have the chance to share special interactions on planned activity days. A typical visit to the nursing home might involve activities like singing, reading or playing group games. Even when the kids are back in the classroom, the program fosters companionship and connection through a pen pal system.

Considering that many of the nursing home's residents have family that live too far away to make regular visits, this is a fun program to bring excitement and activity back into the lives of seniors who may be feeling isolated from others.