Stories that span generations

Residents from Seton Health's Schuyler Ridge Residential Health Care Center in Clifton Park partnered with students from a religious education class at St. Edward the Confessor church to learn about each other.

The residents and students met for several hours throughout an eight-week period, during which the students compiled the residents' life stories, which were organized into scrapbook with photos by the residents and staff at Schuyler Ridge.

It's important for the students to see that people in nursing homes have very vibrant lives, said Christie Keiser, director of youth ministry for St. Edward the Confessor.

One pair, resident Jean Langlais and student Alyssa Siniapkin, shared their experience in working on the project together.

"She's a very sweet girl," Langlais said of Siniapkin.

Siniapkin plans to volunteer at the center even though she completed the project.

"It was fun," Siniapkin said. "I learned a lot about Jean's life and how it is different than mine."

Langlais spoke easily about her experiences growing up in the Capital District and her six daughters whom she visits with frequently.

Born in Troy, Langlais grew up with her mom, dad, two brothers and sister, according to Siniapkin's story.

One of the most interesting pieces of information Siniapkin said she had gathered during her meeting with Langlais was about how Langlais once obtained a hunting license.

Langlais said she did not hunt much after having her children, but when she and her husband first got married, they used to go to target practice all the time.

She used to look in the bushes for bears when they went hunting because she was afraid of them, Siniapkin wrote.

Langlais has been a resident of Schuyler Ridge for three years, where she participates in several of the center's activities.

The center holds several activities for the residents, including nightly movies, trips to the library and religious services.

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