On August 29, 2012, I had the privilege of being the guest speaker at a "round-table" engagement at ONEgeneration in Van Nuys. ONEgeneration is an organization that strives to enrich the lives of seniors, children and their families throughout the community. I spoke to the group about legal resources available to low income individuals who are considering filing for Conservatorship for a spouse, family member or loved one. While I was there, I had the opportunity to tour the facility. I was very impressed with the programs this organization has in place and how much of an impact they have on the lives of so many individuals.
ONEgeneration serves seniors, particularly low-income, homebound and medically frail individuals, including seniors with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia and long term illnesses such as Cancer, HIV/AIDS or Parkinson's Disease. ONEgeneration also serves infants and children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, at-risk youth, including foster children and teen parents, and developmentally disabled youth and adults.
What struck me in particular is ONEgeneration's focus on intergenerational relationships. What this means is that they coordinate activities that enrich multiple generations. Seniors have an opportunity to share their skills, patience and experience with pre-schoolers. Additionally, the older adults tutor the youth and help with skill building and in turn, the youth help to make the seniors more comfortable with new technologies. The reciprocity builds mutual respect and a stronger sense of community.
If you are interested in learning more about ONEgeneration, or volunteering or making a financial donation, please visit their website, http://onegeneration.org