When one comes into Creating Together, they would likely see caregivers from a wide range of ages with the children. How lovely to see grandparents with their grandchildren, eyes smiling as they bond at the centre.
This intergenerational connection brings out a better quality of life for all ages. For the young, it improves self-esteem, empath, respect, and a healthier approach to aging. For the wise, it contributes to joy, meaning, improved memory and active living. On a community level, connecting our wisest and our youngest promotes the transmission of cultural traditions and values from older to younger generations, helping to build a sense of personal and societal identity while encouraging tolerance.
Join Creating Together at White Eagle Residence this Thursday
Apart from offering a space within our community for different ages to come together, Creating Together also spends Circle Time with the senior citizens at White Eagle Residence once per month. They sing songs together, read stories and chat with the residents. This month, they’ll be going over on Thursday November 24th – so do consider joining them! You can either walk there with us from Creating Together, or meet us directly at White Eagle Residence (138 Dowling) at 10:45am. If you can’t make it this month, keep an eye on our calendar for our next visit.
Tips for Grandparents and other Older Adults
The Healthy Aging Partnership offers these suggestions for grandparents and others who want to play a bigger role in young lives:
- Be yourself. Youngsters will benefit from and enjoy having someone who listens and gives them their undivided attention. All too often parents don’t have enough time to spend with their children and that’s where you can help. Be a mentor and a friend.
- Arts and crafts, such as making a scrapbook, create great memories and allow you and a child to learn something new together.
- Youngsters love to help in the kitchen. The hands-on cooking exercise can be as simple as baking a box cake, with a little measuring and mixing.
- Gardening is another kid favorite. Dig in the dirt. Plant. Water. Sow fast-sprouting bean, pumpkin or sunflower seeds that grow with every visit.
- Go to the library. Computers and video games may be the new thing, but you can never go wrong with a great story. Teach them about something you love. If you’re excited about it, they will be too.
- If you don’t have grandchildren of your own, volunteer to share an interest or skill with a local youth organization. The American Red Cross, Intergenerational Innovations and Big Brothers, Big Sisters, just to name a few, can help connect older adults with young people in their community.
References and Resources
The Legacy Project: http://www.legacyproject.org/guides/intergenbenefits.html
Healthy Aging Partnership: For more information on intergenerational activities or other issues related to life as an older adult, visit www.4elders.org. The free and confidential resource line offers a wealth of information and assistance to seniors and their caregivers.