Sunday, March 27, 2011

Babies are Invited to Visit Elders at Chaparral House in Berkeley

I have been involved in intergenerational programing at Chaparral House for the past couple years.  Our group of 4 year old and up has been providing a variety of shows for the elders.  It has always been my dream to do more mixing of elders and children as they are both populations that could benefit from each others charm. 

Last week, I witnessed as a crawling baby wandered over to an older gentleman.  His face lit up as he opened his arms up to welcome this happy little one into his lap.  This brief, quiet interaction was extremely powerful as two different generations shared each others joy. 

The Chaparral House in Berkeley is a special place to visit.  And now they are inviting babies into their 'house'!

Here is a flyer they sent out:
Chaparral House
Intergenerational Visits

Visit our elders with your Babies!

Come visit weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Sit in a common area or visit a few residents in their rooms and watch the joy you and your baby bring to
the faces of our elders.

Baby & Mom’s Groups: Come visit our elders!

Pregnant Women:  Share the experience of your pregnancy with our residents

Contact Erika Shaver-Nelson
Events Coordinator
To Schedule Your Next Visit!

(510) 848-8774

Chaparral House is a non-profit skilled nursing community that provides the highest quality of residential healthcare to Berkeley and the extended community. 
Our residents range in age form 60 to 100.  Many of our residents have limited vision and are hard of hearing, most use wheelchairs for mobility and some are confused or forgetful.  Our residents have led active lives, traveling to foreign countries and being active in community affairs. Our residents have worked as college professors, doctors, teachers, scientists, artists, homemakers and volunteers.


Monday, March 21, 2011

Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept passed away

I have recommended The Continuum Concept book since the day I finished reading it.  It is a book worthy of a read for everyone.

This was taken from The Liedloff Continuum Network (

Jean Liedloff Photo"March 15, 2011 – Jean Liedloff, author of The Continuum Concept, passed away peacefully in her home, a houseboat near San Francisco. She had been ill for many months and was receiving hospice care to ease her suffering.

Prior to her passing, Jean expressed gratitude for a fulfilling life and the honor of carrying a message that has positively affected the lives of so many children and parents. She felt happy knowing that those people are keeping her message alive by living it and sharing it with others.

A detailed obituary is now being written and will be posted here soon. We also have plans to create a memorial website where Jean's readers and friends will be able to post their thoughts about the impact of her work on their lives."

Blessings + Thanks Jean.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Babies in Buckets?

Here is a picture taken in the Netherlands, 24 March 2009.  Babies sit in water-filled tubs to cool down after a baby massage class.  The 'cooling down' is to stimulate a womb-like environment.  Look at those expressions!