Regency Palms Long Beach and St. Anthony’s High School Collaborate in Implementing Successful Intergenerational Programming
Long Beach, CA – 2/15/19 – Meridian Senior Living’s Regency Palms Long Beach Assisted
Living and Memory Care (RPLB) is proud to partner with St. Anthony’s High School in Long Beach to
implement two intergenerational programs to foster positive emotional and physical health of the
residents and students alike. The programs offered are the St. Anthony High School / RPLB Leadership
Program and the St. Anthony High School Choir performances. Both of these programs are held
monthly at RPLB located at 117 E. 8th Street, Long Beach, CA 90813.
Benefiting both residents and students, the St. Anthony High School / RPLB Leadership
Program gives St. Anthony’s students an opportunity to meet with the RPLB residents to seek advice
and guidance on how to succeed in life and business. The residents share their life experiences and
knowledge with the students to help them reach and achieve their goals. Studies suggest that there are
many benefits to intergenerational programs for both the young and old. Seniors feel less lonely, more
connected, have improved self-esteem, gain knowledge of technology, and get more exercise boosting
mental, cognitive and physical health. Younger people learn from the experience of the seniors, feel
empowered by helping out, increase connections to the community, and receive mentoring on how to be
The RPLB residents also enjoy the musical performances of the St. Anthony High School Choir.
Research suggests that music is connected to memory and can be helpful for seniors who have
Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. Music memories are conserved in Alzheimer’s, because areas
in the brain that are linked to musical memory remain somewhat undamaged by the disease. By listening
to or singing songs, seniors can enjoy benefits such as relieved stress, decreased depression and anxiety,
and reduced agitation.
“This is such a wonderful program to encourage engagement with our residents and the students,” states
Regency Palms Long Beach Executive Director Christine Tomlinson. “It lightens and brightens our
residents every time the St. Anthony students come to visit.”
For more information about RPLB, visit: http://regencypalmslongbeach.com or call 562-469-
About Meridian Senior Living:
Meridian Senior Living, LLC, a privately held company, owns and operates senior housing
communities across the United States. With more than 7,000 beds, Meridian is currently the eighteenth
largest senior housing operator in the United States. Meridian prides itself on providing the highest
quality care and affordable living options to residents in their own communities. Although large in
scale, Meridian focuses its growth effort on building state-of-the-art properties in cities outside major
markets. For more information on Meridian Senior Living, visit us online at www.meridiansenior.com.
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