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Intergenerational Programs

What are Intergenerational Programs?

Intergenerational programs, which the National Council on Aging define as "activities or programs that increase cooperation, interaction, or exchange between any two generations," and involve the sharing of skills, knowledge, or experience between the old and the young, are a significant part of the Therapeutic Recreation Program at NHVH.

Intergeneration conversations
A resident enjoys special annual lobster meal

These interactive experiences between local youth and residents of the Home include activities such as the Mentoring Group, which makes biweekly trips to nearby Winnisquam Middle School for conversations and activities with the students, and weekly visits to the Home by older students from the Tilton School for games, crafts and recreational activities such as volleyball and bowling adapted to the physical challenges of the residents. Gilford High School and Middle School are also regular visitors to the Home, and the New Hampton School, which brings international students eager to practice their English skills while interacting with the residents..

Examples of Intergenerational Programs at NHVH

High school baseball trip
Take me out to the ball game

Winnisquam Regional Middle School (WRMS)

Each week NHVH Tarr Unit Residents visit the middle school to interact with students in a learning activity. Board games and trivia games which focus on U.S. and world history are a popular activity. The activity topics are educational while incorporating fun and laughter. The students also occasionally visit the residents at the Home for a recreational activity.

Tilton School

Students from Tilton School visit every week to participate in educational discussions on topics relevant to young adults. Tilton School has a multicultural and international student population and this shows in the participation of this program. Residents and students learn about each other's cultures, and though countries and decades separate their youth, oftentimes participants find they have more in common than they originally thought.

residents at a Halloween party
Happy Halloween!

Tilton School freshman, sophomore, juniors, and seniors engage in a variety of seasonally theme-centered crafts, adapted sports, and recreational programs that focus on reminiscing. Sharing interests stimulates memories and common bonds in both groups. Some of the students share their aspirations to be doctors, nurses, mathematicians, engineers, and teachers–and the veterans are thrilled to be a part of their learning experience.

Each year the New Hampton School, bring students in its International Program for several visits to the Veterans Home, where they get to practice their English skills while interacting with the residents.

How can I get involved in NHVH's Intergenerational Programs?

Getting involved is easy! Residents should ask their social worker or a recreational staff member about programs and times. Local youth, teachers, parents, and group leaders can call the Therapeutic Recreation Coordinators at the Veterans Home at (603) 527-4400.

New Hampshire Veterans Home
139 Winter Street  |  Tilton, NH 03276-5415  |  
(p) 603-527-4400  |  (f) 603-286-4242