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Seniors, Summer Campers Swap Insights at Get-Together

Age difference no obstacle at Intergenerational Friendship Mixer

Hillsborough County seniors and young teens mingled recently in Gardenville, telling stories, sharing mementos, and even showing off a few dance steps.

The cross-generation gathering, in which senior adults met with summer camp kids, was a collaboration of the County's Aging Services and Parks & Recreation departments. Participants met at the former Gardenville Schoolhouse, which now serves as a Dining & Activity Center in the South County community.

Among other exchanges, some seniors offered valuable life lessons to their youthful counterparts. For example, one man taught the kids how to shake hands properly.

Everyone enjoyed the Intergenerational Friendship Mixer.

"They're interested in the same things we are, really, and the same things we were growing up," said Tonda Parish, a member of the adult group. "It was a lot of fun."

"I'm a very social person," said Briana Townsend, 13. "You know, talk to them, laugh with them, joke with them. It's pretty cool."

Top photo: Tony, left, speaks with Abdul at the Intergenerational Friendship Mixer.

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