Intergenerational care is not only a convenient option for those caring for both parent and child, it actually provides unique benefits unavailable in traditional day care settings.
Benefits to Seniors
Seniors enrolled in intergenerational programs experience enhanced socialization opportunities and develop a greater sense of engagement in their communities.
They have better emotional and mental health.
They experience stronger physical health.
Experience a delay in mental decline.
Have shown a reduction in the risk of disease.
Often experience a lowering blood pressure.
When adults serve as mentors and teachers to the children, they gained a stronger sense of purpose.
Benefits to Children
Children involved in intergenerational programming had improved academic performance.
They develop a more positive attitude to aging.
Where found to be more socially and personally mature than their peers.
Had a stronger ability to handle delayed gratification.
Developed a reduced bias against the elderly.
Show a greater sensitivity to persons with disabilities.
Interacting with the elderly also allows these children to get even more attention and enriching activities.
At no time are any of the children left alone with a senior. All elderly, are always supervised by trained, professional staff members. Both the senior and the children interact in safe and common area.