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Maplewood at Princeton and Discovery Years Forge Generational Bonds Through Culture and Cuisine

Residents Maplewood at Princeton and preschoolers at Discovery Years Child Learning Center were all smiles as the morning concluded.

Three young children roll dough into balls, standing in front of large mixing bowls, at the intergenerational event between Maplewood at Princeton and Discovery Years Child Learning Center.

Children make dough during the pasta-making demonstration.

An older couple, Teresa and Nino De Candia, residents at Maplewood at Princeton, read an ancient Italian tale, "Strega Nona," to a group of children; one child looks closely at the book.

Teresa De Candia, seated next to her husband, Nino, reads “Strega Nona” to the children.

Two older adults, Nino De Candia and Phyllis Pap, residents at Maplewood at Princeton, dressed in black t-shirts with the Italian flag and the word "Italia."

Nino De Candia and Phyllis Pap wear their “Italia” shirts with pride.

A tray of goodie bags, tied with red, white and green ribbons, that read "Maplewood at Princeton: Explore our vibrant community at MaplewoodatPrinceton.com."

Festive Italian goodie bags served as mementos of the heartwarming event.

Local preschoolers and octogenarians joined hands for pasta-making, songs and stories about Italy, and a top-secret family recipe.

PLAINSBORO, NJ, UNITED STATES, October 26, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — Last Friday, preschool students at Discovery Years Child Learning Center in Plainsboro, NJ enjoyed a special visit from a group of residents at neighboring senior living community, Maplewood at Princeton, joining together for a heartwarming celebration of Italian heritage.

In honor of the preschool’s “Italian Week,” Maplewood at Princeton residents Nino De Candia, Teresa De Candia, Phyllis Pap, and Ross Hecht dressed with pride in “Italia” T-shirts, while many of the children donned their own ensembles of red, white and green. The morning consisted of a pasta-making demonstration, where children and residents alike rolled up their sleeves to learn the art of creating pasta dough; enjoyed a performance of classic Italian melodies sung by Nino; a reading of “Strega Nona,” an ancient Italian tale of a generous “Grandma Witch” with a magical ever-full pasta pot, by Teresa; and finally, a delightful feast featuring the De Candias’ secret family pasta recipe, prepared with the assistance of Maplewood at Princeton’s talented Culinary Director.

On this morning, however, pasta recipes and fairytales weren’t the only things passed down through the generations. Preschoolers and octogenarians alike shared plenty of smiles, laughs, stories, and memories, demonstrating the power that these types of bonds hold for all those involved. “Intergenerational connections are critical for the social and emotional wellbeing of both children and seniors, as these opportunities encourage perspective-shaping conversations, increase self-esteem, improve social skills, and foster mutual learning,” said Lisa William, Senior Executive Director at Maplewood at Princeton.

Maplewood Senior Living, operator of sixteen senior living communities across the Northeast and Ohio, including Maplewood at Princeton, routinely organizes these kinds of intergenerational events, which are among their most popular programs for residents and youth alike. Inspīr Carnegie Hill, Maplewood’s luxury senior living community in New York City, for example, hosts a popular “Generations Over Dinner” event where every generation from Gen Z to the Silent Generation is represented, and where thoughtful discussions on topics from climate change, public policy and education reform, to aging, addiction and technology are encouraged.

“We’re truly grateful for Discovery Years’ incredible partnership, and last week’s event was a testament to the enriching bonds we can create,” said Wanda Garrin, Lifestyle Director at Maplewood at Princeton. “We’re eager for more moments like these that bring our communities even closer together.”

Next Tuesday, October 31st, the children of Discovery Years will bring their Halloween spirit to Maplewood at Princeton for their highly anticipated annual parade. In December, the children will return for a special visit from Santa Ron Jolly Elf. And as part of an enduring tradition, every Friday, Maplewood residents make their way to the school to share the joy of reading with the children.

For more information about Maplewood at Princeton, visit https://www.maplewoodseniorliving.com/plainsboro-new-jersey/ or call 609-807-2700.

About Maplewood Senior Living

Maplewood Senior Living is known for its upscale senior living residences, offering a broad range of premier services, amenities and care to its residents. Based in Westport, CT, Maplewood Senior Living operates 16 senior living communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. There is an Upper East Side location in Manhattan, NY, within the company’s newest brand, Inspīr. This new, senior living offering was launched to provide a luxurious option for seniors looking to join a residential community in major metropolitan areas. A second Inspīr location is under development in Washington D.C.’s vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood. For more information, please call 203-557-4777 or visit http://www.maplewoodseniorliving.com.

About Discovery Years Child Learning Centers

Our centers have been designed by a team of experts, dedicated to providing a holistic, eco-healthy environment that fosters a love of learning, encourages wonder, discovery, creativity and self-expression. From six weeks to six years old, our flexible, year round programs are designed to support each milestone in your child’s development and set a solid foundation for continued learning and success. We offer your family the choice of full or part-time schedules as well as before/after school programs and summer camps. Operating hours are from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Anna de Graaf
Hundred Stories PR

Originally published at https://www.einpresswire.com/article/664367654/pasta-with-a-purpose-maplewood-at-princeton-and-discovery-years-forge-generational-bonds-through-culture-and-cuisine

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