There’s something magical about watching our oldest and youngest citizens interact. They have an ease with one another that doesn’t always exist for those of us in the middle part of the age spectrum. EGHS senior Taylor Finn picked up on that for her senior project, where she created a one-day camp at St. Elizabeth Home for residents and children of the staff.
“For my senior project, I did a career exploration,” said Finn. “There’s really nothing more therapeutic for the elderly than children, so I created a day camp for the children and the elderly. They’re just working together. They’re doing crafts, games – everything interacting with each other.”
The “camp” started early in the morning and lasted until late afternoon and included a variety of residents.
For Finn, who’s been volunteering at the nursing home for more than a year, it was a labor of love. She’d gotten to know the residents and she loves their interest in her.
“They talk to me about my life and I can go on and on and they think I’m the most interesting person ever. I walk in and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s happened with you?'” said Finn. “They just bring so much joy. I love them.”