What started from a conversation about the effect of the pandemic and social isolation on the older adult population has now grown into an intergenerational program that helps keep older adults connected and engaged with university students. The Tellegacy program is celebrating one year of connections, meaningful relationships, and the reinforcing belief that everyone’s story deserves to be told.
The Tellegacy program began recruiting students in July of 2020 and launched its services to older adults in October of 2020. Since then the program has increased the number of residents served sixfold, added 6.5x more students to its volunteer base, and the program has been utilized at 9x more facilities nationwide.
The one of a kind curriculum designed by Dr. Jeremy Holloway is what truly makes this program unique. It ties together four main components for this structured, evidenced-based program, including the Reminiscence Therapy Foundations Approach, Mindfulness Approach, Goal-Setting and Visualization, and Growth Mindset.
“It’s been an exciting and blessed journey watching this program grow over the past year. As a curriculum specialist my goal was to create something that went beyond a friendly calling program,” said Dr. Jeremy Holloway, Founder of Tellegacy. “I wanted this program to forge intergenerational connections and bonds that reinforced the stories that make up a person’s legacy. We all have a story to share. A story that may give others hope, guidance, or an opportunity to change the trajectory of their life for the better.”
With nearly 200 older adults served in over 30 facilities across the United States, the program has gained momentum with each interaction. While the program stands to primarily provide a sense of hope for the older adults followed by giving university students a valuable experience, it also uplifts the spirits of the staff working tirelessly in senior living communities.
“This program is designed to ensure the benefits are three-fold,” shared Hayley Studer, Founder and CEO of achi. “The older adults gain companionship and a sense of hope. The university students, many of which are entering the healthcare sector, are getting real experience in working with the older adult population they will be serving after graduation. The caregivers and/or facility staff are getting the opportunity to learn more about their patients allowing for deeper conversations and connections which leads to better overall job satisfaction and customer experience. These elements are all interconnected and mesh to create an ideal environment for individual growth and positive community impact.”
If you are interested in learning more about Tellegacy and what it can do for your community, please contact Dr. Jeremy Holloway at 419-270-7511 today.
Tellegacy is an intergenerational program created to combat loneliness and social isolation among older adults, keeping them connected and engaged through weekly phone or virtual visits with university students. As research shows, loneliness and social isolation can result in long-term negative health outcomes. Tellegacy founder, Jeremy Holloway, PhD, is determined to change that narrative with his flexible, relationship-oriented, mindfulness, goal-setting and guided imagery curriculum. In partnership with Hayley Studer, founder of achi, a holistic care management company that lowers overall expenses by actively engaging people and connecting them to organizations to address the social determinants of health, the infrastructure for which Tellegacy was built. To learn more about the Tellegacy program and how it can save lives, visit www.tellegacy.org