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Creating strong relationships with the older adults in your life

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

  • Reduce ageism

  • 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.


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