Intergenerational visits beneficial to young and old at Mrs. Bush's
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Lindsey Mitchell, a seventh grade student at Pleasant Valley Intermediate School, interviews Burt W. Zimmermann, 93, a resident at Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Home in Kunkletown during an intergenerational activity that will result in a living history book.
Carrie Shafer, activities director for Mrs. Bush's Personal Care Homes in Kunkletown, believes it is very important for the residents to spend time with young people.
That's why, she tries to plan an intergenerational activity each month.
For March, she invited students from Pleasant Valley Intermediate School's seventh grade student council to help make a Living History book.
Fifteen students visited with 12 of the residents and "interviewed" them, asking questions about where they were born and raised, what it was like growing up, the most mischievous thing they did as a child, how long they went to school, what they did for fun, did their spouses go to war and what it was like living through that time, the most important person in their lives, their travels and what they learned in life.
Lindsey Mitchell interviewed Burt W. Zimmermann, 93 and learned he was born in Brooklyn, NY, was an accomplished Air Force pilot in World War II, became an electrical engineer for the Ford Motor Company. He was married and had two children.
Megan Pohlman interviewed Stella Stogio, 92, who was an avid golfer and loves to dance.
Betty Felver, 86, born in Albany, NY but grew up on Massachusetts remembers when gas was only 12 cents a gallon, worked in various factories and believes the world today has too many cars.
Calli-Ann Linares learned from Jolan Dunwell, formerly of Phillipsburg, NJ, that she had worked in the naval hospitals in World War II. If she could have done anything different in her life, she would have liked to go to college and if she could tell young people anything today, it would be "to get the best education you can."
The students will take all the information they gathered and turn it into two books, one for Mrs. Bush's home and the other for the school.
"I believe it is very beneficial to our residents when young people visit with them. It triggers their memories and gives them a 'I'm needed' feeling. They just love interacting with the younger generation. Next month, we plan to visit Eldred and do some spring planting."