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Dancing the night away

‘Senior’ prom bridges generations

Created date

May 21st, 2013

From the Foxtrot to the Lindy Hop, the dance floor in Seabrook s Princeton Restaurant will see several generations worth of dance steps this month at the senior prom. The prom hosts Seabrook residents and the student servers who work at the community s three on-site restaurants all dressed in their finest attire.

Strut n shuffle

They made it as much like a senior prom as possible, using the word senior as a metaphor because it was like a high school prom, and we are seniors, says last year s prom queen Arlene Fox of the 2012 dance. Arlene and her husband Robert danced the Foxtrot and enjoyed mingling with the younger crowd. It was a nice change of pace, she says. It was a fun night. A lot of people enjoyed it; I know that. A band of students plays music all kinds, Arlene says, because we have all different kinds of dancers. Although she says she and Robert only know the Foxtrot, A lot of [our Seabrook neighbors] could really dance!

Bridging generations

Seabrook, an Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J., knows the benefits of intergenerational interaction for all ages. Its student server program and intergenerational activities like the senior prom serve both ends of the spectrum. The Aging Initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that intergenerational programs enhance socialization, stimulate learning, increase emotional support, and enhance health for older adults. For youth, it enhances social skills, improves academic performance, decreases drug use, and helps them gain positive role models. The intergenerational interaction our residents receive by living here at Seabrook is something they would rarely get living in a house. It makes our community unique and beneficial on so many levels, says Sales Counselor Susan Coulson. The senior prom will take place at Seabrook s Princeton Restaurant. Arlene says she and Robert look forward to dancing the night away again.