GrandFriends Program

The Arbors GrandFriends Program is an intergenerational program between Arbors residents and young children in the community.  Local schools, youth groups, scout groups, temples and churches are some of the participating members of our GrandFriends Program. This inspiring program is designed to provide meaningful engagement with our seniors and children. Programs are geared towards bridging the gap between the two generations.

Our GrandFriends program provides an avenue where both seniors and children can impact each other’s life in a very powerful way.  Both generations benefit by connecting and fostering a healthy view on life by appreciating each other. The children can grow from the wisdom and experience of our seniors. Spending time with the seniors helps children especially with their communication skills as well as having a role model to learn from. Similarly, the children are able to light up our seniors in an inspirational way. 

The seniors and children come together to join in many different activities; crafts, reading, art, music and so much more. We have started a “Kindness Rocks” movement with the Connetquot Schools, and the local community. We are spreading kindness like confetti by painting inspirational kind messages on rocks and leaving them for someone to find, to brighten their day!

There have been studies that show there are real health benefits from seniors spending time with young children, showing cognitive and memory improvements.  Below is a list of the benefits the GrandFriends Program has on the children as well as the seniors

Benefit for children

  • Increased self-esteem and self-worth
  • Improved behavior
  • Increased involvement in schoolwork
  • Improved reading scores
  • Appreciation for older people
  • Enhanced sense of belonging in their communities

Benefits for older adults

  • Improved health, and fewer falls among older adults 
  • More positive effect among older adults with dementia
  • Increased connectedness and less isolation
  • Enhanced feelings of self-worth
  • Learn about new technology and innovations


Girl Scouts troop 1508 came to visit with our residents The Arbors Assisted Living at Islandia West. Our residents were thrilled to share with the girls all about our Kindness Rock Project. Everyone was eager to paint the rocks and help spread some kindness!! This was the first time this troop was involved with the program. The entire afternoon our residents and the girls talked shared simple ways we can all be Kind to one another and the impact kindness has on others around us. What a wonderful time we had sharing with each other.

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Can you believe it’s already April?! Our residents in all of our communities enjoyed every minute of March. Check out the fun events we hosted below!

In the beginning of March, our Grandfriends from Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation dropped off Purim goodies for residents at The Arbors of Westbury.

The Arbors at Westbury residents with Grandfriends

At The Arbors at Islandia East, the Amityville Highland Pipe Band visited our residents and played some traditional Irish music.

The Arbors at Islandia East enjoying a pipe band

The Arbors at Bohemia had an ice cream social full of dancing and entertainment to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

The Arbors at Bohemia dancing for St. Patrick's Day 2018

The Arbors at Hauppauge enjoyed corned beef and cabbage, along with entertainment and dancing for St. Patrick’s Day!

The Arbors at Hauppauge celebrating St. Patrick's Day 2018

The Arbors at Hauppauge also got an early visit from the Easter bunny himself!


The Arbors at Hauppauge celebrating Easter 2018The Arbors at Islandia East hosted an inspiring painting class for our residents!

The Arbors at Islandia East painting class - March 2018

March was such a beautiful month! We are looking forward to April 2018.

Gallery Night & Grand Friends Program Reveal

Please join us on

Saturday, September 16th

7 pm to 9 pm

For an Art Exhibit

and  Cocktail Party.

Kindly RSVP Alice Figueroa by September 8th

The Arbors at Bohemia

1065 Smithtown Avenue  •  631-567-3113

“Grand-friends” Program at The Arbors

Teaming up with local schools, residents have the opportunity to bond with young children by doing craft projects, reading, gardening or writing letters to each other. The intergenerational relationships are so important to both the children and the seniors, they are both continuously teaching each other new things.

This past December, Sycamore Elementary School visited our Bohemia community. Grades K-5 Band, Chorus and Orchestra with all their equipment and played and Caroled with our residents. Harvey Diamond played Harmonica for the children.

Everyone had a great time singing and enjoying their music when Idle Hour School and parents visited our community also.  These “Grand-friend” holiday visits were spectacular for all ages.


This past Tuesday, The Arbors at Hauppauge’s Grand-Friends Program welcomed  The Pines Elementary School Children to our home.   Residents were so excited to interact with them as they sang songs, played cards and games, as well as getting creative with arts and crafts while they got to know each other.  On their next visit our residents will help the children write letters to Santa.