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Dr. Thomas Forlenza Helps Bridge the Generation Gap on Staten Island

January 28, 2019 – Recently, director of oncology, Dr. Thomas Forlenza helped bridge the gap between generations by introducing students from three local high schools to senior citizens living at Eger Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lighthouse Hill. The partnerships were intended to help different generations better understand and appreciate one another.

A total of nine students participated in this year’s program. The students were from Monsignor Farrell High School in Oakwood, Moore Catholic High School in Bulls Head, and Notre Dame Academy in Silver Lake. The students visited the seniors three times developing friendships and bonds not possible in the classroom. Each student was then asked to write about their experiences and also provide a verbal presentation.

“The future belongs to the young,” Dr. Forlenza said. “So long as we the older generations do not forget our responsibility to mentor the youth with our learned wisdom, we should do well.”

Dr. Forlenza, a knight of Malta, initiated the program through the Sovereign Order of Malta. One of the oldest institutions in Western and Christian civilization, the Sovereign Order of Malta is active in 120 countries caring for people in need through its medical, social and humanitarian works.