Sages and Seekers

Senior Residents of our Meetinghouse Village campus in Kittery, Maine, recently completed an intriguing inter-generational program called Sages and Seekers with sophomores from the local high school.

Sage Meetinghouse Village with Seekers Kittery Maine Retirement Community Programs

Sage Meetinghouse Village residents with their Seekers.

Part of a national initiative, Sages and Seekers pairs residents of senior communities with a high school student who has volunteered for a weekly session of sharing life experiences through conversation. The stated purpose of the program is

“to combat social isolation and age-related segregation within communities, while meeting the universal and compelling need of young adults and elders to share and understand their lives.”

Four of our residents conducted the 8-week program, which concluded with a commencement ceremony of sorts on the Meetinghouse campus in May. At that event, students, educators and other residents listened to Seekers as they read a tribute they wrote to their Sage. The exercise provides students with the opportunity for public speaking, and provides the Sage with the opportunity to be honored.

Meetinghouse Village Tribute to Seekers

Meetinghouse resident Emily Doble receives a tribute from her high school Seeker.

The program was a great success according to our residents. Typically, the opportunity to explore in depth the lives and generational sub-cultures of widely separated age groups is not available in the course of daily life. Neither would bonds of friendship typically form between such age groups. Both of these benefits blossomed during the 8-week session, as testified by Sages and Seekers alike during the commencement. We look forward to the same next year!

What They Say

“ We had our name in at other places and had driven by Meetinghouse Village many times before we came to see it. We loved it immediately. Everyone was pleasant and kind. We moved in right away. People in our building are nice to be with and check on each other to make sure we're OK. We are happy to be here. ”

What They Say

“ Some six years ago I searched for a retirement apartment that was comfortable, safe and provided everything needed for independent living at a price that a person of modest means could afford. I found Meetinghouse Village not only met my basic requirements, but also provided for spiritual needs. I have felt no pressure to be anything but what I am. By living here, I feel I have grown and become a better person. I have become more tolerant and have a greater appreciation of God. ”

What They Say

“ I have lived at Meetinghouse Village for nearly 10 years - almost three years with my husband and seven years alone, since he passed away. It's a very pleasant and affordable place with no worries about maintenance and costly repairs. There's a lot to do: social events, game nights, movies, gardening, etc. if you wish to participate. We also have a hair salon, exercise rooms, woodworking shop, laundry room and mail room, all under our roof. I have quiet, friendly neighbors, and I feel happy and safe living here. I couldn't find a better place to live on my income. ”

What They Say

“ I enjoy living here because I feel safe and comfortable in an atmosphere of friendship and spiritual understanding. ”

What They Say

“ There are lots of reasons why I like living at Meetinghouse Village. It's close to parks, beaches, historical towns and cultural opportunities. The apartments are well appointed and comfortable, have decks and ample storage spaces. I like the fact that the staff arranges activities, and we residents are free to use the community spaces for gatherings of our own making. If we have guests, the guest apartment is a tremendous asset, and the fees are minimal. And if any of us have concerns, we can go to the executive director -- he listens. ”