"INTERGENERATIONAL EDUCATION WISH GRANTING INITIATIVE"
The “Intergenerational Education Wish Granting Initiative” works to fulfill senior dreams.The program not only helps seniors achieve their wishes, but also helps students and the community in the process.
For seniors the intergenerational activity and interaction with students can reduces isolation, loneliness, elderly depression and acknowledge and validate their value.
For students the intergenerational activity can be a valuable lesson in senior sensitivity training, by learning the value of volunteerism and philanthropy
For the community the intergenerational activity emphasizes the need for a society that respects the elderly, increases community awareness of senior’s needs and promotes acts of kindness towards the elderly.
In addition to the student run “Intergenerational Education Wish Granting Initiative, "Twilight Wish Foundation," also grants senior dreams throught the main “Twilight Wish” Program
The “Twilight Wish” Program helps fulfill the following types of senior dreams:
Simple Needs - Basic Needs such as providing free wheelchairs, scooters, ramps, walkers, visual aids such as glasses, hearing aids, nutritional food such as fresh fruits and vegetables, clothing, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters, mattresses
Celebrating a Life - End of life wishes for hospice patients or those with limited life expectancies. Wishes may include family reunions, visits to hometowns or other places
Living Life to the Fullest - Riding on a motorcycle, a hot air balloon ride, a fighter jet, a fishing trip, meeting a celebrity, going to a sports event, or a show.
Veterans Wishes – veterans living in nursing homes are granted wishes in return for their service to their country.
Gifts for seniors and donations are accepted by the "Twilight Wish" Program in-kind for products and services, cash, securities, or planned gifts such as will bequests, insurance policies, and gift annuities. Donations are accepted by individual and corporate sponsors.
MAKE A WISH SENIOR DREAMS PROGRAMS:
Honor Flight Network Program - Across the United States. Transporting America's war veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
Forever Young Program- Across the United States. A make a wish program for senior veterans, 65 years and older granting wishes and unfulfilled dreams.
Dream Foundation Dream Granting Program - Across the United States. A make a wish type program making dreams come true for seniors and adults suffering life-limiting illness.
Second Wind Dreams Program- Across the United States and Canada. Senior residents of long-term care facilities or hospice have their dreams come true with the help of this make a wish type program.
Wish of a Lifetime Program - Across the United States. A make a wish program that partners with Brookdale Senior Living granting tailored senior dreams and wishes that fulfill anything from basic needs, thrill seeking activities to life long dreams.
Seniors Dreams Program - Ontario, Canada. Helps seniors living in the community and nursing homes to achieve life long dreams or to simply make a wish happen
Twilight Wish Program - Across the United States. To honor and enrich the lives of elderly living in nursing homes by granting senior dreams through a make a wish type model. To help make dreams come true for those seniors in nursing homes who do not have the ability on their own to do the types of activities they would like to do.
Seniors Have Dreams Too Program - Wallingford, CT, USA. A make a wish program that grants wishes to seniors living on limited, low incomes (at or below the current federal government poverty level.