I participated in their most recent program, Simsbury Rocks, which was a town wide scavenger hunt for painted rocks. The rocks were painted by people of all ages throughout Simsbury. It was such a fantastic idea to bring people of the community “together” on a hunt during a pandemic, and keep people busy but socially distant! Social media connected people of all ages and I was happy to be a volunteer for the event!
As a senior I thoroughly enjoyed 1-designing and painting an adirondack chair with senior high school art students 2-painting rocks for a 350 rock scavenger hunt with elementary students 3-writing cards for isolated seniors 4-placing 35 rocks around town for the Simsbury Rocks Scavenger Hunt. Each of my FOR ALL AGES experiences have been so rewarding and fulfilling because of the interaction with the younger generation. I smile when I think about what I learned about them, what I shared with them and the positive impact on me and our community. Deb Bibbins and Gary Sekorski do a superb job organizing each part of each activity and are so caring and compassionate making each person very welcomed and valued. With the arrival of covid 19 they carefully followed Governor Lamont's guidelines and the Simsbury Rocks Scavenger Hunt has been enjoyed by all- young and old. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed putting the rocks around and discovered areas of the town we didn't know. FOR ALL AGES is professionally run with a personal touch-a truly great nonprofit.
From the 10 intergenerational sessions this group held from October-March painting 350 rocks, to the planning for the scavenger hunt, teamwork to place rocks, and now keeping track of people finding rocks, it has been a huge undertaking! This group has been responsible for Simsbury Rocks! Town-wide Scavenger Hunt, a family-friendly event in conjunction with our town's 350th anniversary. They really wanted to find a way to include as many people in our community as possible. I believe, with this outdoor event that encouraged people to explore the trails, historical sites, and parks, they accomplished this goal!
The inter-generational projects provided by For All ages is both physically and mentally beneficial for the young, old and everyone in between. Relationships and smiles are created during and after every interaction. Projects are not limited to an hour, they last as a lifetime memory. A+, excellent idea and accomplishment.
"For All Ages" has made great strides to fulfill its mission to enrich lives, promote kindness and caring, enable the development of trusting relationships across generations, and build cohesive, healthy communities in the Farmington Valley in just its first full year. The projects accomplished by its participants and the level of involvement it has generated are noteworthy and visible in our community. I'm happy to be involved with and to support the mission of this worthy organization.
This review is posted on behalf of Janette, a For All Ages volunteer:
Deb and Gary have a true passion for For All Ages. They are constantly brainstorming ways to unite the young and old, and have come up with some wonderful ideas that not only unite the young and old, but also benefit the community. They brought together Girl Scouts and older adults to paint rocks to be used for a town-wide scavenger hunt to celebrate the town's 350th anniversary. They brought together High School students and seniors to build and decorate Adirondack chairs that were sponsored by and placed at local businesses for all to enjoy. The chairs are works of art and highlight various scenes from around town. In this time of social distancing and isolation for many seniors, they have asked the community to create greeting cards that they collect and deliver to seniors to brighten their day. I am looking forward to discovering and volunteering with For All Ages' next project.
Thanks for all that you are doing to make the world a better place!
More people are living longer than ever before - and they want (and need) to be socially engaged. We are providing a pathway for continued social interaction by connecting older adults with youth through a variety of programs and events. Our programs offer people of different ages the opportunity to connect and share their passions, skills, knowledge, and experience in fun and creative ways. As a result, health and well-being improve, people view aging more positively, and our communities become more connected. We call that a "win-win-win"!
I had the pleasure of participating in a recent program called “Chairs for All Ages” at the For All Ages non-profit. The “Chairs for All Ages” program brought together volunteers from the local high school and adult residents from area towns in effort to foster dialog and interaction. This was accomplished through the formation of multiple teams of the young and the young at heart. The teams were challenged to design and artistically apply their designs in paint schemes on wooden Adirondack chairs built by Simsbury, Connecticut High School students. Designs represented symbols and experiences of current and past life in Connecticut’s towns. Team member interactions and conversations were meaningful and resulted in varied and unique design schemes. The program achieved its objective to promote intergenerational awareness. In addition to high school student volunteers, non-student volunteers included business owners, local professional artists, homemakers and retirees. The program was successfully led by Co-Chairs Deb Bibbins and Gary Sekorski. The painted Adirondack chairs can be seen around the town of Simsbury, Connecticut where they were placed with local sponsors. Looking for an opportunity to make a difference? If so, connect with Deb or Gary at For All Ages.
I found the concept of this nonprofit a refreshing and fun way to connect two distinctly separate age groups. Participation in the activity seems to have enjoyed by both groups and I found that I looked forward to each week's session with the students.
For All Ages brings much joy to Simsbury and the surrounding towns. Deb Bibbins founded For All Ages about a year ago with a passion for bringing young and old together to fight loneliness. Programs such as Simsbury Rocks bring together people across generations to build relationship while having some fun. The goal of For All Ages is not only to reduce loneliness but also to mitigate the stigma connected with growing old. Our church, Simsbury United Methodist, partners with For All Ages because we believe in the mission and know the organization makes a difference.
Reverend Deborah J Clifford
With all the adverse circumstances and challenges that people throughout the US and the world are facing due to the pandemic, non-profits, focused on issues such as social isolation, loneliness, ageism and health and well-being, are positioned to make a difference now more than ever before. For All Ages, Inc. does just that! I believe their enduring commitment to issues like these to help both younger and older generations, For All Ages is poised to make Real positive impact on peoples lives for years to come.
I am a professional artist in NW Connecticut. I was approached to volunteer with For All Ages by Deb Bibbins in January 2020. I'd been looking for a way to make a difference by volunteering my time & working in my community. This project involved volunteerism, community, painting, & working with others. After speaking with Deb & hearing her enthusiasm for the 'Chairs for All Ages' project, I agreed. There were, I believe, a total of 22 Simsbury High School art students & 11 adults, from Simsbury & surrounding towns, who volunteered to work together. Half of the group worked in wood shop to design & build Adirondack chairs, & the other half created themed scenes & painted them on the chairs. The chairs were then purchased by local businesses & patrons & placed throughout the community for all to enjoy. It was a rich, rewarding experience; an interesting & fun blend of teaching, learning, working together, & sharing the act of creation with a group. It was a unique and deeply satisfying experience for 'all ages'. I am glad to have been a part of it.
I had the opportunity to meet with Deb Bibbins over the summer to hear about the great work "For All Ages" has done in such a short amount of time. Deb and others on her team inspire to bring adults and youth together so that both parties learn from one another while sharing meaningful experiences that can help foster important relationships.
As the senior population continues to dramatically increase as a share of total population and as the longevity of this population continues to substantially lengthen, truly intergenerational communities will become more necessary. On a national average, 88 % of seniors want to remain in their homes … and communities ... as they age. It can not be a question of providing adequate "warehousing", but rather how the value of seniors can be utilized. A not-for-profit agency like For All Ages is well situated to provide leadership to those communities moving toward intergenerational reality.
Knowing the ongoing shift in the older generations demographic, For All Ages is poised to be a leading nonprofit organization to support and improve the health and wellbeing of all sage adults and to combat the negative effects of ageism. I am proud to help lead this effort!
I am excited about the projects For All Ages is working on and the change they can make in our communities. Deb and Gary seem very passionate about helping the older adults to improve their health and happiness.
Had a Great Meeting With Deb and Gary, clearly this non profit is positioned to do great things!
I am honored to sit on the board of this emerging nonprofit focused on promoting mental and physical wellness through intergenerational, human interaction. Meaningful connections not only combat loneliness but also promote a shared, stronger community and inclusion.
For All Ages looks to be a wonderful nonprofit in it’s early stages and just what the doctor ordered for our times. Right now we need more people of diverse ages, interests and needs to be coming together to help each other and just understand each other’s needs. As a person who is just about to turn 70, knowing that there is an organization with both younger and older folks out there willing to provide assistance if I may need it eventually is very important. AARP is great but this is a nonprofit that will be able to do things they can’t. It’s great!
As a board member, it is exciting to be involved with a nonprofit that is taking on the issues of the elderly population in our communities with creative and innovative programs. As a granddaughter of a centenarian, I experienced first-hand the powerful impact that social interactions have on an elderly person as well as how younger individuals are positively impacted by making connections with them. Through their unique programs, For All Ages is passionate and energized to improve the health and well-being of our communities.
I am proud to be on the board of a nonprofit that is trying to spread the word on an issue that is often overlooked. It is highly important for people of all ages to be connected with one another and learn from each other, which is exactly what this nonprofit wants to do. Bringing together adults and children is an idea that most people do not think about when they are asked what the major issues are in their communities. This nonprofit is here to change that.
When you see someone take the great idea of encourage community growth and run with it at lightning speed you can only grab a corner and hang on. For All Ages, Inc is doing just that. In the current world of elderly isolution and youth isolation due to electronics we need to create situations to encourage interactions. This organization will pair the two groups to build, decorate and paint chairs that will ultimately create spaces in the community to have conversations. They also plan to build a labarynth that will have a long lasting benfit to the Town. The forward motion of this group to bring such a positive program is amazeing.