Friday, June 06, 2008

Senior High

I love seniors.
They've a treasure trove of life experience, and live witnesses to history.
They can paint a picture of an era with a story.

I ran an after school inter generational program for elementary school children and seniors at Bloorview for a number of years, and was continuously surprised, and disappointed by the number of parents who didn't want their children participating.

They didn't want their children to see any sickness, or have to deal with the death of their senior pal...and it did happen, and we talked about it.
It's a part of life, after all...and kids are more resilient than their parents give them credit for, if they'd only let them participate in the realities of life.

The Globe and Mail has done an interesting documentary on life in a Seniors Home.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5