Our Blog:
Sharing new thoughts on aging.

Brightening Lives Through Multigenerational Programs

Each of Hebrew SeniorLife’s multigenerational programs serves as a key touchpoint for the broader community, engaging youth and their families in learning about the full spectrum of aging and developing relationships with our senior population. Participants in these group programs are often inspired to deepen their connections to the seniors they meet, well after the programs have concluded. One such example involves two families who participated in a guided music program for infants and HRC-Roslindale patients, overseen by HSL’s Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program.

Amid the flurry of the holidays, a group of community volunteers brought flowers and beams of sunshine to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale.

The visitors – two mothers, their toddlers, and two nannies – were initially introduced to the Roslindale campus through a series of facilitated, multigenerational music programs that they attended with their children during the fall. In celebration of the holidays, they planned a return visit to campus to reconnect with patients and spread good cheer throughout the building.

On a dreary, raw December morning, the group arrived at the main entrance, carrying dozens of fresh carnations and daisies. As staff guided them around the floors, the visitors’ impact on patients’ spirits was striking. One woman didn’t speak, but burst into joyful tears when the visitors greeted her and presented her with a flower. For this patient, the smiles and presence of young children were meaningful beyond measure— no words required.

Marianna V. Mapes's picture

About the Blogger

Marianna V. Mapes is the Multigenerational Program Associate at Hebrew SeniorLife, working to develop and implement programs that support youth and seniors in building mutually beneficial relationships. Marianna’s primary focus is the implementation and management of multigenerational programs at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, including NewBridge’s partnership with the co-located Rashi School. She also oversees the training, placement, and support of a growing portfolio of individual youth volunteers across HSL.

Marianna graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College with a...

More about this blogger

Add new comment

Read Our Latest E-Book

You can improve the lives of seniors today, and for generations to come.

Subscribe to our weekly blog

HSL in the News

For the latest news, visit Hebrew SeniorLife’s official website