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    Local Senior, Along with a Group of Others, Adopts a Little Sister Through Big Brothers/Big Sisters

     
    Eleanor Prillaman, resident of The Buckingham senior living community, is certainly not slowing down during her retirement. Prillaman has recently taken up art, is learning to make jewelry, enjoys playing bridge, is active in her church, and recently, she decided to give back by adopting a little sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Generations Program.

    “I hope I can add a new dimension to her life and let her meet somebody new,” said Prillaman. “I hope to be another person in her life that she feels comfortable with and maybe be inspired to do some things with for fun.”

    Prillaman decided to become involved in the program after an information meeting at The Buckingham. The Generations Program pairs children with mature adults who can share their lifetime of experiences with the children. In this case, the children come to The Buckingham twice a month along with staff from Big Brothers/Big Sisters to do special activities. Prillaman says they’ve only had two meetings so far, but she believes it will grow into something pretty important for the children as well as for the older adults working with them. Each of the fifteen residents who are participating in the program are paired with third grade students.

    The first meeting was a get to know you event, and for the second event, Big Brothers/Big Sisters brought several activities for the pairs to choose from. Prillaman was very impressed with her third-grade “little” during the project.

    “I admire her ability to make choices and how she accomplished the project that she’d chosen,” said Prillaman. “She was very efficient and creative in how she did it. She was very comfortable. We both look forward to her coming back.”

    As Prillaman says, “there’s a lot more to come in the future, and the children seem happy to come and thoroughly enjoy it,” a sentiment that is surely shared by the seniors who are participating.

    ABOUT THE BUCKINGHAM

    The Buckingham is Houston’s premier life care senior living community located in the heart of the Memorial neighborhood. Situated on a 17-acre site along Buffalo Bayou at 8580 Woodway Drive, The Buckingham offers resort-style services and amenities for active, independent seniors, as well as all levels of health care services on-site at The Plaza at The Buckingham. The community features 205 independent living residences; 42 private assisted living apartments; 16 private memory support apartments; and 60 private skilled nursing suites.

    The Buckingham is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information visit www.buckinghamhouston.com, or call (832) 426-1372.

    Photos by The Buckingham (left to right):
    1. Prillaman spending time with her “little”
    2. Matches are made at The Buckingham

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