Residents from Oak Hammock Assisted Living come to Oak Hall School once a month to play chess with the kids!

With an idea from Dr. Laurence Solberg, a chess club member’s parent, we joined forces with the University of Florida students working with members of the Oak Hammock Assisted Living Community and started an intergenerational chess club called “Checkmate Dementia.” The benefits of intergenerational groups for elementary school children and older adults impact all parties involved. This program helps facilitate an understanding and respect between the generations involved and helps create the critical thinking and cognitive skills each party needs to develop and retain to remain productive throughout life. The kids are always excited when their friends from Oak Hammock visit to play chess!