Studies now suggest that bringing older and younger generations together can nurture understanding and mutual respect that benefit the individual as well as the community. Both age groups can be a resource for the other, sharing talents and insights.
There is mounting evidence of the importance of socialization for seniors, and that cross-generational socialization is good for brain health and that it may lower the risk of dementia and other chronic diseases in seniors. It may slow the aging process and promote better health in our senior years. It can promote healthy longevity by increasing physical, mental, and creative activity.
Benefits for both older adults and children
Children who spend time with older adults growing up are less ageist as they get older
It can prevent isolation and loneliness in older adults
It provides a perfect opportunity for young and old to learn from one another
It builds a stronger community
It gives older adults a sense of purpose and helps younger generations have a great respect for and value of older adults
It helps keep stories and history alive within families and the greater community
How Intergenerational Connections Benefit Both Old & Young by Homecare Assistance
The Benefits of Intergenerational Relationships by IRT