Senior Living to the Fullest!
12 tips to live your best life, starting today!
Tip #10 is about Intergenerational Moments!
Harbour Landing Village is an intergenerational facility, filled with Intergenerational Moments… but what does that mean? We often integrate the resident’s and childcare center programs, events, and other activities because there are a number of positive benefits in doing so. Friendships between older and younger people help to make communities stronger and so we decided to focus on these relationships for the month of October 2023. In a world that often seems divided by age, intergenerational moments are special because they allow us to connect and understand one another more deeply. These encounters, where children and seniors come together, hold much importance for both generations.
For children, these moments offer a window into the past, a glimpse of the wisdom that comes with age. They learn about history, culture, and life experiences firsthand, enriching their knowledge beyond textbooks.
But it’s not just about facts; it’s about empathy and compassion. Interacting with seniors fosters respect for the elderly and teaches the value of patience and care. It allows them to become familiar and comfortable around older people, which in turn teaches them to become more open-minded and aware of their surroundings.
On the other hand, seniors also benefit immensely from stronger relationships with younger children. Sharing stories and experiences with young ones can rejuvenate their spirits. It offers a sense of purpose and belonging, combating loneliness and isolation. Seniors may also find joy in seeing how curious and enthusiastic children can be, possibly reminding them of their youthful past. Being around children often leaves us with a reminder to not take life too seriously, which we may forget sometimes.
Here are more reasons why people, of all ages, may benefit from intergenerational relationships:
- Improves Mental Health: These intergenerational relationships have been proven to have a very positive impact on our mental health. Research shows that a strong relationship between a child and their grandparents often has reduced behavioral or emotional problems. The grandparent acts as a built-in support system that provides love, guidance, knowledge, experience, and additional structure. The exchange of ideas, beliefs, and life lessons also boosts mood and improves self-esteem.
- Encourages Physical Activity: When caring for a child, seniors are more likely to be physically active and participate in various activities. This can lead to lower blood pressure, consistent healthy weight, and even increased strength and flexibility. Those little ones are quick!
- Increased Socialization: One of the reasons we bring our childcare center and residents together is that there’s always a better turnout and everyone seems to enjoy themselves more. Children and seniors alike have a special way of bringing each other out of their shell. There’s more in common than you think!
October is jam-packed with intergenerational moments and we’re very excited to co