Hampden Academy students have been visiting their Chelsea Place Memory Care grandpartners for over two years. The relationships between the youth and elder are very special to both age groups. Each monthly visit is like a family reunion, with laughter, hugs, singing, dancing, conversation and fun with whatever the planned activity for the day.
At the December visit, they participated in the Bessie’s Hope “Living History Project.” All the youth interviewed one or more elders. At their January visit, the youth will read over a mic their biographical sketches they have composed from the stories shared by the elders. The youth may also choose to bring something they have created or found that is representative of what they learned about the elder.