Not a new idea by a long stretch, intergenerational programming has been around since the early s when even earlier research showed children who interact with older adults grow up with more positive feelings about being old. They feel more comfortable when with older adults and have more understanding about aging. Opportunities for children to interact with older adults benefit both generations, as evidenced by the evaluation of an intergenerational program, called Building Bridges, developed in in Jasper County, Missouri. Its purpose was to provide opportunities for children to interact with and learn from seniors as well as for seniors to enjoy meaningful experiences and relationships with children. The main components of the program were education, friendships, and caring.
Diversity in Programming While we like to reminisce on our pasts, it is important not to lose focus on the here and now as well as tomorrow. Regardless of age or physical limitations, we can always learn new skills while celebrating old favorites. Social engagement, recreation and just having fun are the keys to life balance, stress reduction and health. Your activity program should offer a vast array of social opportunities for your seniors to celebrate life. These range from card groups to special events, family programming, trips and entertainment.
Personal Enrichment for Older Adults
The Community Enrichment Department at WCC is dedicated to providing interactive learning experiences for everyone in our community. Whether you are looking to explore new experiences, discover your hidden talent, or enrich your life through connecting with others, our classes are designed with you in mind. Go beyond what you know. Take an enrichment class , obtain a certificate in a specific area of interest or take classes online.
Our Senior Living communities thrive from the diversity and creativity of our residents. We offer senior activities and life enrichment programs so that our residents can explore their interests and expand their horizons. Residents grow, connect, move and create at their own pace through dynamic activity involvement. We encourage resident suggestions and contributions to keep our senior activities fresh and innovative.