It used to be a familiar scene to have multiple generations living within the same home or living within proximity to each other. It was not until after World War II that separation between extended families became a typical scene. Now some older adults have fewer opportunities to make beneficial intergenerational connections.
Spending time building intergenerational relationships has a multitude of positive effects for both the younger and older generations alike. The top 10 benefits of intergenerational relationships include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Provides an opportunity for both parties to learn new skills
2. Invigorates and energizes older adults
3. Gives the child and older adult a sense of purpose
4. Fills a void for children who do not have grandparents available to them
5. Children will grow up to be less ageist
6. Helps reduce the likelihood of depression in the elderly
7. Reduces the isolation and loneliness of older adults
8. Assists in keeping family stories and history alive
9. Aides in cognitive stimulation
10. It builds a stronger community
Intergenerational Opportunities at Twin Lakes Community
Twin Lakes Community offers many opportunities for intergenerational interactions and relationships for our residents. Through our summer volunteer service program YESS! (Youth Engaged Serving Seniors) residents who participate in the program are connected with youth volunteers between the ages of 12 and 17 for activities that cultivate beneficial relationships. Student interns from local universities, community colleges, and high schools enhance their higher education experience while contributing to the lives of Twin Lakes residents. Our upcoming, annual Easter Egg Hunt with The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club brings great joy to participants, young and old. Frequent visits from area school children, summer volunteer programs, and special events are just a few of the intergenerational opportunities at Twin Lakes.