Many seniors were interested in our group’s Multigenerational Pop-up Proposal t and wanted to receive updates on this HAP project. We are currently still in the proposal stage of the project, but we have, with Professors Lewis and Bussell’s help, started reaching out to our potential site partners. We are still a long way from making the event happen in (hopefully) October 2018, but it was encouraging to see much interest in our pop-up proposal during the Healthy Aging Symposium. Many seniors at the symposium expressed their disappointment in how age-segregated our society is although intergenerational connections are vital to promoting healthy aging. Seniors’ need for meaningful intergenerational relationships and strong sense of community group motivated us to pursue this project. We hope the pop-up will bring community members together to celebrate the value of intergenerational connections.
I am inexperienced in event planning and organizing, so I am grateful for the opportunity to work with talented and passionate group members under the mentorship of two great professors. As we worked on our HAP project this quartet, I learned a lot about the process of event planning, from writing proposals to creating a reasonable timeline to adhere to. I am excited to continue working on our HAP project over summer and into next fall quarter.
The LCS program has been an enlightening experience for me. Every conversation we had with seniors during our site visits provided valuable insight into the diversity of the aging experience. The seniors’ humbleness, kindness, and passion for learning and community service were truly inspiring. I also enjoyed working with my classmates who were all talented, creative, and motivated to serve others. I am honored to be a part of the program this year, and I am grateful for Professors Lewis and Bussell’s dedication to the LCS program.