Benefits of Intergenerational Programs for Seniors

Intergenerational programming is a great way for younger and older generations to come together and participate in fun activities and learning experiences. Bridging the gap between students and seniors offers plenty of opportunities for personal growth, social connection and mutual understanding across age ranges. No matter how young or old participants are, studies have shown that taking part in intergenerational programming inspires everyone with an overall sense of purpose and compassion.

These studies include benefits that especially connect with seniors in our communities:

Cornerstone at Canton hosts visits from St John School

How SLR Communities are Building Connections Across Generations

Senior Living Residences communities have partnered with a variety of schools, nonprofits and other organizations to bring intergenerational programs and social opportunities to residents. Here are some examples:

Ridgefield Station’s intergenerational prom
  • The intergenerational playground at Armbrook Village is a space for seniors to get some outdoor exercise while spending time with grandchildren
  • Students from Concord-Carlisle High School create vibrant art projects with Concord Park residents
  • Cornerstone at Hampton’s Wisdom Warriors initiative has Winnacunnet high school students document the life stories of seniors and publish them in hardcover books, inspiring rewarding insights and memories
  • Residents of Neville Place collaborated with students at St. Peter’s School to restore a Fresh Pond Habitat
  • Ridgefield High School seniors and Ridgefield Station residents have a blast every year at their “Senior Senior Prom”, while the Ridgefield Boys & Girls Club helped residents plant fresh herbs & flowers in the beautiful community garden
  • Students of St. John’s School regularly participate in programming at Cornerstone at Canton
  • Forestdale Park welcomes Malden High School students for “Seniors 2 Seniors” programming, sharing valuable life experiences with the younger generation

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