In partnership with service-learning and community engagement programs at several Boston colleges and universities, we offer weekly intergenerational activities in senior housing, adult day programs, and senior centers.
Classes of 10-15 adults in public senior housing are given laptops and six-months of internet connectivity free of charge along with weekly training provided by college students from our partner organizations. Digital Dividends was born from the COVID19 pandemic and aims to close the digital divide for low-income older adults.
Many older adults living in public/affordable housing face barriers (logistical, economic, and linguistic/cultural) to accessing arts training. Through Creative Connections, LBFE-Boston seeks to overcome these barriers by bringing arts instruction to residents where they live, free of charge; providing materials and supplies; and offering linguistically and culturally informed content.
We support one-time and short-term opportunities for intergenerational engagement. Previous examples include multi-week art courses, ice cream socials, and ongoing partnerships with schools and nearby assisted living facilities.
Each summer LBFE hosts two picnics at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline for older adults and volunteers to spend time in good company. Additionally, LBFE hosts a large Thanksgiving Day luncheon for nearly 200 older adults and volunteers and a smaller Winter Holiday luncheon in December. Due to the pandemic, the holiday luncheon programs are cancelled for 2021.