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Bridging the intergenerational gap

CMU program aims to connect generations and decrease ageism in young children

Contact: Dan Digmann


​A new program at Central Michigan University is working to prove that age is just a number.

The Bridges Together program was introduced at CMU last spring by Eileen MaloneBeach, director of CMU's Institute for Intergenerational Relations. Bridges Together connects adults over the age of 60 from the local community with preschoolers from CMU's Child Development and Learning Laboratory. During each session, a book is read that focuses on children and their interactions with older adults. The older adults work one-on-one with the children to create craft projects corresponding with the book. The program allows both children and adults to experience working, learning and creating with one another while bridging the intergenerational gap.

 


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