2009-02-11 / Features

QHC 'Junior-Senior Partnership' Kicks Off

Members of the Queens Health Coalition "Junior-Senior Partnership" recently joined in a workshop to exchange advice on home remedies, including using vegetables to produce beautiful skin and the benefits of ginger in beating the common cold. Members of the Queens Health Coalition "Junior-Senior Partnership" recently joined in a workshop to exchange advice on home remedies, including using vegetables to produce beautiful skin and the benefits of ginger in beating the common cold. The Queens Health Coalition "Junior-Senior Partnership", an intergenerational community resource center for mentoring and monitoring by and for both ends of the age spectrum in society, recently held its first workshop. Advice was exchanged on home remedies, including using vegetables to produce beautiful skin and the benefits of ginger in beating the common cold.

Administered through the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development with funds provided by City Councilmember David Weprin, this program taps into the experience, expertise and know-how of young and older adults to engage and empower Queens residents with healthy tips for healthy living. Seniors, for example, can assist groups of new moms or mothers-to-be with parenting skills from the heart or give lessons on tasty cooking for nutritional eating, while teens can help organize the medicine chests of their elderly partners, assist them in writing to a relative, reading newspapers or learning how to access the Internet.

The "Junior-Senior Partnership" is built on the concept that one is never too old to learn- --or teach-- refutes the idea that youth is wasted on the young and concedes that both groups have a wealth of knowledge that is often untapped or worse, disregarded.

The mutual benefits include pride in sharing cultures and traditions while providing an education no mere textbook could give. A small stipend is paid to the participants and a MetroCard is provided. The next workshop is scheduled for March. For more information or to participate, call Moona at 718-762-0346, ext. 13.

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