Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 10/29/2020

Big and Mini - Bridging Generations to Create Meaningful Connections


A conversation with the founders and participants of the innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Big & Mini, https://bigandmini.org/.

A community working together to spread wisdom, end social isolation, and make the world a little better— one generation-bridging connection at a time. Using technology to shrink the generational divide into a small crack. We hope that through shared stories, new memories, and new friendships, we can connect everyone, one big and mini match at a time. 

Chat Transcript

12:06:36     From  Silvia Balderas   to   All panelists : It was definitely the ageism discussion.

12:07:53     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Robyn B. Peake with FirstLight Home Care of Bowie.  Glad to be here!


12:08:04     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Looking forward to this discussion!   Silvia Balderas, Personal Organizer, Your Life Simplified, LLC  (301) 442-5543, www.ylsimplified.com, TellMeMore@ylsimplified.com


12:08:20     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Sherry Palmucci with Personalized Tributes and Toasts.  571-212-5874. I connect families with their loved ones to write a tribute or toast for a special occasion...or when they just want to say "I love you".  Check out my site:  www.personalizedtributesandtoasts.com


12:09:36     From  Beverly Jacoby : Hello Everyone!  Beverly Jacoby with Comfort Keepers in Manassas  beverlyjacoby@comfortkeepers.com 703-895-9227

12:11:24     From  Jessica Stought : Good Afternoon! Excited to be here. Jessica Stought, Personal Care Sales Manager, Green Ridge Village. 717-776-8232 jstought@psl.org

12:11:50     From  David Engel : Hi everyone! David Engel, Senior Real Estate Specialist 240-620-4783 david@davidengelrealty.com

12:12:10     From  Amy Martin   to   All panelists : Amy Martin, Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center in Culpeper, VA. Center Director of a childcare center moving into Intergenerational Care. cdc@culpeperbaptist.org. 540-825-9798. culpepercdc.org.

12:15:48     From  Jenn Gruber   to   All panelists : Excited to learn more about this organization! Jenn Gruber, Family Relationship & Life Coach, www.jenngruber.com, 301-385-9032, jenn@jenngruber.com

12:16:15     From  Mary Moeder   to   All panelists : Mary Moeder with Byrd and Byrd, LLC, Attorneys at Law. Elder Law and Litigation lawyers. Call or text 301-464-7448 or check our website at www.byrdandbyrd.com 

12:16:45     From  Maritza Rivera   to   All panelists : Hello everyone! I'm Maritza Rivera, member of the Montgomery County Commission on Aging in Maryland. Hi David!

12:16:57     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : https://bigandmini.org/

12:17:08     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Hello everyone! I'm Maritza Rivera, member of the Montgomery County Commission on Aging in Maryland. Hi David!


12:17:15     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Mary Moeder with Byrd and Byrd, LLC, Attorneys at Law. Elder Law and Litigation lawyers. Call or text 301-464-7448 or check our website at www.byrdandbyrd.com 


12:17:23     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Excited to learn more about this organization! Jenn Gruber, Family Relationship & Life Coach, www.jenngruber.com, 301-385-9032, jenn@jenngruber.com


12:17:32     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Amy Martin, Culpeper Baptist Child Development Center in Culpeper, VA. Center Director of a childcare center moving into Intergenerational Care. cdc@culpeperbaptist.org. 540-825-9798. culpepercdc.org.


12:18:27     From  Gelareh Bassiry   to   All panelists : The older generation has to be computer literate and have access to Internet?

12:19:03     From  Sara Amos : Sara Amos, Recreation Therapist and Program Director for a Caregiver Ministry. Working alongside Amy Martin to consult for the Culpeper Intergenerational Program. In addition, running a faith-based caregiver ministry in Warrenton, VA. Sara@cornerstoneva.org

12:19:27     From  Jennifer Brown : Hi!   Jennifer Brown - Community Relations Manager - Community Relations Manager - Seabury Resources for Aging - jmbrown@seaburyresources.org  

12:19:39     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : hi everyone! remember when using chat make sure to use the drop down menu ALL PANELIST AND ATTENDEES

12:20:49     From  Mary Willson : This is really awesome! Mary Ellen Willson - Business Devmnt Mgr with Visiting Angels Home Care. 301-355-6578

12:21:16     From  Diane Watson : Diane Watson Spring Hill Community Village in Lorton, VA Contact Info- peppi114@yahoo.com

12:22:06     From  Eileen Wilkinson : Eileen Wilkinson WELLarts FB biz page.  Conversations flourish in communal art groups

12:22:25     From  Queenie Kemmerer : Hello everyone !!! Queenie Kemmerer owner/founder Home Marketing Services for Seniors. www.hmss-usa.com 703-476-2260 

12:22:58     From  Dorcas Baker   to   All panelists : Dorcas Baker, RN, Johns Hopkins University AETC, Co-founder of Older Women Embracing Life (OWEL)

12:23:34     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : Dorcas Baker, RN, Johns Hopkins University AETC, Co-founder of Older Women Embracing Life (OWEL)


12:23:58     From  Mary Willson : Very impressive! Well done!

12:24:10     From  Ken Silverstein : Hi All—Ken Silverstein, AlfredHouse Assisted Living

12:24:31     From  Robyn Peake   to   All panelists : This is amazing...great concept!

12:24:38     From  Dorcas Baker : This is AMAZING WORK!!

12:24:48     From  Cate McCarty   to   All panelists : Wonderful! Thank you

12:26:26     From  Patrice Henry : thanks so much for sharing Allen & Daniel; great work - I applaud your team.

12:26:46     From  Adriana Carr   to   All panelists : What an interesting concept! I've been leading a Zoom trivia group since March.  I concur that building connections online is crucial. It  has been fun. Anyone can join. Adriana Carr -- Senior Life Enrichment Consultants adriana@slecllc.com

12:26:48     From  Mary Belanich   to   All panelists : Hello!  Mary Belanich, The Aging Navigator - I absolutely LOVE this!  Thank you Allen and your team for bringing people of different generations together - brilliant platform!  And I love the name!!

12:27:10     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : What an interesting concept! I've been leading a Zoom trivia group since March.  I concur that building connections online is crucial. It  has been fun. Anyone can join. Adriana Carr -- Senior Life Enrichment Consultants adriana@slecllc.com


12:27:32     From  Robyn Peake : Great concept!

12:27:36     From  Cathy Harrison   to   All panelists : Very interesting! Cathy Harrison@brightstarcare.com

12:28:24     From  Jennifer Late : Hello everyone from Jennifer Late, Digital Marketing Strategist for Lifecare Affordability Plan, https://lifecareaffordability.com/, jlate@seia.com

12:29:19     From  Craig Clark   to   All panelists : It's great to see what happens when differences mix.

12:31:44     From  Gelareh Bassiry : This is Great!  Let us know if you accept referrals to your program, and how do we connect our elderly to your volunteers.  I also would like to know if your volunteers go through a background check to protect our seniors. Thank you,

12:32:50     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Cathy Harrison to All Panelists:  12:27 PM

Very interesting! Cathy Harrison@brightstarcare.com


12:33:00     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Craig Clark to All Panelists:  12:29 PM

It's great to see what happens when differences mix.


12:33:34     From  Mary Willson : I would love the link to the Harvard test…

12:34:10     From  Sara Amos : This platform is so needed in our culture to show both generations that there are many things they share in common. I am so glad this exists!

12:34:37     From  Brenda Celdran : I’m Brenda with AffectJoy . com; I love this!

12:36:14     From  Brenda Celdran : I’m working with a nonprofit where we’re sharing Kindness & Joy; launching a holiday campaign where volunteers call nursing homes, villages, etc. who know/have isolated seniors who could benefit from a friendly conversation. This webinar was very timely.

12:38:18     From  Emily Fader : I'm Emily Fader with Answers for the Aging (667-600-2100), a Catholic Charities program. I am based in Baltimore, MD. I can be reached at efader@cc-md.org I am definitely interested in referring some of the older adults I work with to this awesome program! Great presentation!

12:39:50     From  Mary Willson : I am part of a newly formed task force addressing the epidemic of loneliness of our older adults in facilities - especially during this pandemic. I will reach out to you - congrats on a great concept!

12:39:54     From  Sarah Hiller-Bersson, LCSW   to   All panelists : Wonderful Program-Sarah Hiller-Bersson, LCSW Center for Purposeful Aging

12:42:50     From  Brenda Celdran : Do you collect interests/experiences from Bigs and Minis prior to making matches?

12:43:50     From  Brenda Celdran : Great minds. Thanks Steve.

12:49:59     From  Sarah Hiller-Bersson, LCSW   to   All panelists : why do you think you have more mini sign up than bigs?

12:50:21     From  Diane Watson : Thank you so much. Terrific idea of Big and Mini- will definitely promote

12:54:27     From  Jenn Gruber   to   All panelists : Harvard Test: implicit.harvard.edu

12:58:51     From  Gelareh Bassiry : This was a great session, thank you!

12:59:25     From  Silvia Balderas   to   All panelists : This is a wonderful program. I will definitely be reaching out to Big & Mini.

13:00:37     From  Mary Moeder : Thank you for the presentation. Amazing information. 

13:01:27     From  Carrie Brill : Thank you for your vision and commitment! This is exciting to hear about and I'm so glad it has been a great success. Keep up the good work!!!

13:01:46     From  Patrice Henry : thank you, Elva for sharing.  Thank you all for an informative presentation.

13:02:31     From  Elva Roy, Arlington, TX : My pleasure, Patrice.

13:02:54     From  Ada Horsfall Lifematters   to   All panelists : Great job! Very innovative!

13:03:04     From  Maritza Rivera : This is fantastic! A great resource!

13:03:40     From  Liz Tupper : Fabulous idea and execution.  Thank you for sharing.

13:04:02     From  Robyn Peake : Big Fans!

13:04:05     From  Jessica Stought : Thank you!!!

13:04:05     From  Sherry Palmucci : Terrific Site and Idea.  Well Done!

13:04:17     From  Queenie Kemmerer : Thank you !!! What a wonderful idea.


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