By Emma Pizzuti
Nowadays, aging adults live longer, healthier lives, which makes intergenerational relationships more important than ever.
Often, seniors who are close to their children and grandchildren are healthier, less lonely, and more involved in their communities. According to a Generations United study, 97% of adult participants reported feeling happier, more engaged, loved, and needed due to participation in an intergenerational program. Seniors benefit greatly from intergenerational relationships in a variety of ways.
Decrease social isolation through engagement
Stronger sense of community
Greater life satisfaction
Improve quality of life and purpose in life for seniors
Increase self-worth, self-esteem, and empowerment
Provide cognitive health improvements
Teach new skills, leadership proficiencies, and knowledge
Allow seniors to preserve their history and family stories.
There are many ways seniors can participate in intergenerational relationships.
Through family gatherings, regular phone calls, and virtual visits
Volunteering at schools, community centers, libraries, or organizations
Mentoring young adults and children
Intergenerational programs such as those listed through Generations United
Living in multigenerational homes and communities
Whether young or old, intergenerational relationships improve attitudes, behaviors, and quality of life. Intergenerational relationships serve as a constant reminder of how interconnected we are.
Let’s stay connected together.