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THE TELLEGACY PROGRAM

Discover the potential of a conversation.

Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation can result in long-term negative health outcomes. The intergenerational Tellegacy program helps keep older adults connected.

Watch: What is Tellegacy?

THE TELLEGACY PROGRAM

Discover the potential of a conversation.

Research has shown that loneliness and social isolation can result in long-term negative health outcomes. The inter-generational Tellegacy program helps keep older adults connected.

Watch: What is Tellegacy?

Legacy Builders

Our University students, known as Legacy Builders, connect with residents of retirement communities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities via phone or through virtual visits. The discussions focus on building rapport and providing a sense of hope, while also allowing the older adult to impart wisdom and share stories of their past with the students. A legacy book is provided back to the resident at the end of the sessions.

Benefits for Student Legacy Builder

Benefits for
Student Legacy Builder

  • Complete required service/clinical hours
  • Enhance connecting and listening skills
  • Receive training in vision/goal-setting, mindfulness, growth mindset, and legacy interviewing
  • Learn new perspectives from an older generation
  • Participate in a mentorship program
  • Help improve someone’s quality of life and health status
Become a Legacy Builder

Benefits for Older Adults

Benefits for
Older Adults

  • Enjoy weekly connections with a University student
  • Share experiences and wisdom with a younger generation
  • Receive a well-prepared legacy book of your story to share with family and friends
  • Positively impacts the lives of younger generations
  • Set and accomplish personal goals
  • Improve the quality of life and health status
Older Adult Sign-up

What our students are saying on “Becoming a Legacy Builder”…

Why Tellegacy was started?

Why Tellegacy was started?

After finding out from a community Chaplain friend that older adults in retirement communities were passing away, not from COVID-19, but from a broken heart due to isolation from family and friends, Jeremy Holloway, PhD, decided to create a flexible, relationship-oriented mindfulness, goal setting and guided imagery curriculum that can be facilitated by University students via phone or virtually one-on-one with older adults in retirement communities. Jeremy got connected with Hayley Studer and achi and together they built the infrastructure for this program. Not only can the Tellegacy program make meaningful intergenerational connections, we think it can save lives.

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Dr. Jeremy Holloway

Dr. Jeremy Holloway

Dr. Jeremy Holloway is a Geriatric Education Professor from Toledo, Ohio. The focus of his research is concentrated on the social determinants of health, specifically self-efficacy, connectedness, and resiliency of older adults. Dr. Holloway developed a curriculum focused on intergenerational programs that include growth mindset, reminiscence therapy, mindfulness, guided imagery/visualization, and S.M.A.R.T. goal-setting practices to nourish internal qualities, resiliency and self-agency of older adults. These best practices address needs related to loneliness and isolation. Dr. Holloway is also an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion of all peoples. He currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with his lovely wife and 4 children.  

 

 

 

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