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Young people and seniors working together in their community


Young people and seniors working together in their community

Status: Ongoing

Evaluated

City of Pointe-Claire Canada
Print this page City population: 50000029% over 60Practice started in 1984

Summary

In 1984, the City of Pointe-Claire created the Aid for Seniors program providing seniors with household chores and outdoor maintenance work carried out free of charge by students. This program enables low-income seniors to remain in their homes longer, helps break their isolation, and promotes involvement in the community, employment for young people, and inter-generational connections. In the first year, five students were involved with 100 seniors. The offering was gradually expanded to provide a continually better response to the needs of the growing seniors population. Today, 34 regular and part-time employees, 20 volunteers, and a number of interns carry out activities for over 18 programs, events and services provided to 3,259 recipients.A strong, diversified network was also introduced into the program, which has become the hub for a range of services provided by the Quebec government’s social, health and security services and many community organizations.Over the years, the connections between the young people and the seniors have developed to the point of becoming an integral part of their daily routine, over and above the program’s established parameters.The process helps breaks the isolation that seniors often face while exposing young people to seniors’ wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience. Young people are also in a better position to understand seniors’ vulnerability and frailness and sometimes the uncertainty of their personal situation. Although the initial aim of the program was to help seniors stay at home, the friendships that developed, in both directions, have created a real way of life incorporated into the daily routine of young and old alike.The activities, support measures, services and initiatives that bring Pointe-Claire’s young people and seniors together are a wonderful example of community spirit today.

Website: http://www.pointe-claire.ca/en/aid-for-seniors

Key facts

Main target group: Older people in general

Other target group(s): 60 years and older and young students aged between 16 and 25 years old

Sector(s): Health

Desired outcome for older people:
Meet their basic needs

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Technologies
  • Disasters and emergencies
  • Inequities
  • Intergenerational activities

Other Issues: Mentoring, commitment, integration, isolation, health and safety, leisure, mutual help, social inclusion, friendly relations

Contact details

Name: Paquette-Séguin, Marie-Pier

Email address: marie-pier.paquette-seguin@pointe-claire.ca

Preferred language(s): Français

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

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