What a great idea! Choice in Aging Adult Day Health Care services has opened the Choice in Learning Montessori Preschool and Child Care, creating an “intergenerational learning” campus, at 490 Golf Club Road, in Pleasant Hill.
Choice in Aging (formerly Rehabilitation Service of Northern California) offers programs that include adult day health care services for frail adults, elders, and people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Upon learning the neighborhood Fountainhead Montessori Preschool would be closing, Choice in Aging welcomed this golden opportunity.
“The Choice in Aging board of directors saw an opportunity to provide additional service to our community and took quick action to help these parents ensure their children have continuity of care and education,” said Debbie Toth, CEO of Choice in Aging. “In doing so, they also seized the chance to create intergenerational programming for seniors and children.”
The new preschool center opened July 3, and is currently enrolling children ages 2-5. Students will be cared for by the same professional staff that served Fountainhead families previously. Site director Gina Velez has overseen the preschool for 25 years and will continue to manage the new program.
“Intergenerational programs are beneficial to our entire community and I am excited for this opportunity in Contra Costa County. As we face regional challenges in the Bay Area with limited resources, it is vital to look towards innovative programs like this that positively impact many people,” said Supervisor Karen Mitchoff of Contra Costa County.
To make this intergenerational dream a reality, Choice in Learning is calling on volunteers to revamp the facility with new playground equipment, furniture and a fresh coat of paint. Angel donor Nancy Gibbons generously offered to provide up to $15,000 in matching seed money.
Visit www.choiceinaging.org, or call 925-682-6330 to learn how you and your organization or business can help.
I had not heard much from my 90 year old friend for a while but I got a call from her daughter over the holidays saying she wasn’t doing too well. So, today I brought my therapy dog Buddy, down to see her.
I knocked on her door, walked in and saw her feet hanging off the bed. She was laying there with a cast on her wrist from a recent break, one eye open and she looked like death warmed over.
Buddy hopped on her bed and made her laugh. After a while, I helped her sit up and 30 minutes later, there was life in her again, as we planned our birthday lunch in August. It didn’t take much, just being with her, some compassionate touch and a few dog kisses.
I know there are thousands of elderly people needing help and stimulation and visits. An intergenerational center would work miracles. As I talk about our project, the response is always, ‘we want one here’ that here being Rhode Island, Oregon, Wyoming, California, New Jersey, England, Japan and the list goes on and on.
What will become of the aging boomers?
The President’s 71st birthday a few weeks ago made him one of the oldest surviving boomers, those of us born between 1946 and 1964 – a generation that is notoriously selfish and also physically fit (though the president’s recent photos on the golf course raise questions about the latter). In the president’s case, the typical baby boom self-centeredness has blossomed into a raging form of megalomania.
In 2020, the president may be running for re-election and I will be one of the many boomers who have officially become senior citizens. More importantly, it will also be the year that the number of those over 65 will be larger than those under 5. That’s unhealthy for many reasons, not least of which is the pressure it will put on Medicare and Social Security.
Jill Abramson, NYT 7.4.17