Since 2010, we have enjoyed a working relationship with Hillcrest Health Services. We have worked to develop a unique intergenerational program not just with our school but within the United States. The Roberts Academy is located within the Hillcrest Silver Ridge community in Gretna, NE. Our students are afforded the opportunity to participate in classes with residents as well as do service projects related to using Montessori materials with residents who have dementia. Through this intergenerational collaboration, students think creatively and employ the Montessori method with residents by:

  • Understanding that residents living with dementia can still contribute to the community
  • Building on strengths
  • Engaging with everyone
  • Recognizing their accomplishments
  • Exercising motor skills and muscle memory with simple Montessori tools

Additionally, students are afforded the opportunity to gain and practice social skills necessary for work in a fun and engaging environment.

Valorization of the young person is a main function of adolescence. Students are able to directly see the effect of their individual efforts. This carries over to school and home, increasing student self confidence and leadership.

intergenerational learning

Diamond, A., & Lee, K. (2011). Interventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4 to 12 years old. Science, 333(6045), 959-964. DOI: 10.1126/science.1204529

The 2018 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards recognized organizations that harness technology to improve eldercare. The program includes both skilled care and senior living tracks, with 10 technology categories each. 

Hillcrest Health Services was selected as the Gold Award winner in the Quality category of the Senior Living track for the Montessori Method in Dementia Care submission. For the past decade, Hillcrest has partnered with the only secondary Montessori school (grades 7-12) in the State of Nebraska, and our collaborative efforts have led to the formation of an intergenerational school.