The Wisdom Exchange Project is an intergenerational social connection and knowledge exchange program for community-dwelling older adults, graduate trainees, and post-doctoral fellows currently residing in Ontario and Quebec.
HOW IT WORKS
Intergenerational partners are screened to see if they are a good fit for our program and matched based on preferred language of communication, common interests, and other criteria. We make the initial introduction between partners, and then let them connect however works best for them.
This program provides friendly social connections between younger and older adults. This program does not provide mental health support or counselling services.
This program is not a research project or affiliated with an academic institution.
If you want to learn more about the program, get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cornerstone of the Wisdom Exchange Project is intergenerational relationship building. Interested older adult and trainee partners are matched based on preferences, hobbies, and languages, and encouraged to remotely connect with each other on a weekly basis, however makes sense for them. These are informal, friendly connections, with the intention to make both partners feel a little less lonely and a little more supported.
On a monthly basis, trainees will have the opportunity to share their research with members of the Wisdom Exchange Program through seminars and blog posts. These knowledge exchange opportunities are a win-win. Older adults stay cognitively engaged in learning about new research directions. Trainees benefit from the thoughtful feedback provided by older adults and get to practice their scientific communication skills.
Our program is grounded in the principles of:
Partners are equals with uniquely valuable contributions to make and benefits to gain from participation
Being ourselves, and allowing others to do so, is how meaningful connections are made
Given the opportunity, the brain never stops learning, and we don't intend to let it.