Academic journal article Human Ecology

Extension Program Fosters Youth Community Service: A Program Developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension Encourages Young People to Become Involved in Intergenerational Opportunities within Their Communities

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Extension Program Fosters Youth Community Service: A Program Developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension Encourages Young People to Become Involved in Intergenerational Opportunities within Their Communities

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SIMPLE GIFTS is a program designed to help adults show youth how to make recreational items specific for people with Alzheimer's disease. The program was developed by Charlotte Coffman, senior extension associate in the college's Department of Textiles and Apparel, and Devorah (Doreen) Greenstein, formerly a senior extension associate in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; it is supported by the New York State 4-H Foundation.

Key to the program is an illustrated manual that gives complete instructions to youth for making 16 age-appropriate recreational items. The items were selected based on research that shows people with Alzheimer's may prefer to handle and manipulate things rather than engage in conversation. The manual also includes information about Alzheimer's disease, how to work with nursing homes, and how to use each item to interact with residents. Cornell Cooperative Extension offers Simple Gifts workshops for adults who can then introduce the materials to 4-H clubs, summer sewing camps, home and career skills classes, and homeschoolers. …

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