Dear Colleagues & Friends-

As I left the MCOA conference last week, a Council on Aging director turned to me and thanked me for the work we are doing leading the intergenerational movement. It had been an exhilarating couple of days hosting an exhibit booth for Bridges Together - meeting so many people from across the state who are eager to join us in this intergenerational movement. I heard from the retired engineer who has chosen to collaborate with a millennial in the Middle East on a project. And the senior center director whose colleague, an elementary school principal, came to our workshop last spring and then launched an intergenerational program. And the woman who enjoyed our Grand Conversation Cards so much on the lunch table that she purchased her own set to use in her Adult Day Health program and another woman who plans to use them with her pen-pal program.

It's been quite the month. Our board meeting in September took place in our new offices at the Wayside Inn's Gate House! Chris Hammer, founding board member and chair, turned to me and said, "I remember when you came to me with this idea. And now look - it's all becoming reality!" Another one of my dreams was going international and in the past few weeks, I've responded to emails from people in China, France and England.

We've launched our new Empower Hour webinars - grab lunch and learn more from your own comfy seat! These are meant to be interactive and will allow time for questions on specific issues. The next one is Thursday, October 15 and will focus on Identifying a Lead Team and a Recipe for Success.

In fact, I've trained Bridges Lead Teams in Burlington, Fitchburg and Revere as well as staff from Beacon Communities on how to create their own intergenerational programsAt the MCOA conference, I led a workshop on how to welcome people of all ages into the senior center. How do we welcome people? Check out our programming page for some ideas!

Colleagues and friends - the times they are a'changing! Not just the beautiful seasons - but there is a movement happening, calling for our generations to unite! I am so grateful that Bridges Together is becoming a recognized leader and that you have chosen to help bridge the generations with us!

Enjoy the autumn - and please join us at an upcoming event!


 

Andrea 
Bridges Together around town: We'd love to see you at an upcoming event!

Want to connect with others over intergenerational (IG) issues? Have the seed of an idea and want assistance planning your own IG event? We have a number of professional development events scheduled throughout Massachusetts and New England and would love to have you join us! Here's what's on tap for October:

Online: Empower Hour webinar on Thursday, October 15
Boston: Plan Your IG Program workshop on Friday, October 23 at Wheelock College
New Hampshire: Come hear Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver speak at the New England Library Association Annual Conference on Monday, October 26
Berkshires: Coffee Connections on Tuesday, October 27 in Williamstown
South Shore: Coffee Connections on Thursday, October 29 in Norwell

Check out our events page to see other Plan Your IG Program and Coffee Connections events scheduled from now until summer 2016!
The "art" of a successful intergenerational outing 
 
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On September 15, we had the pleasure of hosting a Coffee Connections in an engaging space: The Fitchburg Art Museum. As a result, Bridges Together has developed a programming page that gives tips and activities to those hoping to plan an intergenerational outing to a museum. As the weather turns chilly, perhaps the warmth and beauty of your local museum are beckoning you for a visit - be sure to download this resource and check out our other programming pages before you go!

Bridges is going to high school! 
 
Our "baby" is growing up! Thanks to a generous grant from The Sudbury Foundation, we are able to create a Bridges curriculum for high school students and older adults. The program will launch at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, and we are so happy for this endeavor to take wings and grow! Read more about this exciting development on our news page. 
 
The research behind Bridges Together
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Intergenerational (IG) programs are a vaccination against ageism and a prescription for longevity. You already know that you feel great when you or your child participates in a Bridges or other IG program. But did you know that there is scientific research to back up the efficacy and importance of the work we do at Bridges Together? Our researcher, Dr. Edward H. Thompson, Jr., PhD, has compiled a list of research that proves that intergenerational programs are a vaccination against ageism and a prescription for longevity.

Please check out our new Research page to see all of these wonderful resources!

Act locally: Bridges in your community

Get involved in a Bridges program near you! Bridges is currently running programs in several towns throughout Massachusetts - and in one community in Michigan! Take a look at our volunteer page for details about how to connect with a program in your town. If you don't see a community near you listed - or if you'd like to help get Bridges started in your own town - contact us at info@bridgestogether.org and we'd be happy to help you out.


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