Why Are Intergenerational Activities Important?
Close, supportive family relationships are valuable at any age. However, for seniors, the importance of these connections impacts nearly every aspect of daily life. Not only does family provide consistency and comfort, but seniors who have strong family connections have been shown to outlive those with fewer social and familial connections due to a generally higher quality of life. In the 2015 United States Aging Survey, relationships with family were a top priority to more than 30 percent of those surveyed!
Family connections help seniors in many ways. Elderly persons with strong ties to family are known to experience the following benefits:
- Healthier brains. Seniors who are happily engaged in social activities with friends or family members are more likely to have improved thinking and memory skills.
- Stronger immune systems. Seniors who are more social often have stronger immune systems, which is an especially important defense system for seniors.
- Better overall mental health. Feeling involved, supported, cared for and needed all help seniors to reduce their risk of depression.
If you have a senior loved one, it helps to understand why keeping your loved one active is important, how the activity helps your loved one and what activities are the best ones to do together.
Why Are Intergenerational Activities Important?
Family dynamics are always changing. One of the most impactful changes is the shift between parents and children when the parents reach an age where they need assistance. Parents care for children when the kids are young and often need care from their children as they grow older. However, keeping relationships strong is a vital part of keeping elderly loved ones healthy and happy. In addition to the health and emotional benefits seniors gain from spending time with family and friends, there are also benefits to the younger generations. Children who spend time with grandparents are more likely to:
- Develop an attitude of service
- Maintain family stories and memories
- Learn new skills
- Feel a connection to their family history
- Understand dignity at each stage of life
How Do You Plan Activities for the Elderly?
If you are interested in spending more time with your elderly loved one, you may be wondering, “What activities are suitable for the elderly?” Many times, this answer depends on the abilities of your elderly loved one, how close you live and what resources are available to you. For example, at senior living communities like Mission Chateau or Victory Hills, there are established opportunities for seniors to share enjoyable activities with friends and family members of all ages. From fitness classes to outdoor activities and transportation around town, these Tutera Senior Living & Health Care communities are ready to support the social needs of your loved ones.
Here are 10 suggestions to get you started in finding activities you all enjoy:
- Planting. From growing a garden to simply maintaining a few potted plants, this activity is easy to manage at any age and can be a wonderful learning experience for young, first-time gardeners.
- Crafting. Choosing a craft and completing it as family is a fun way to challenge each other, learn new skills and spark your creativity.
- Scrapbooking. Capturing memories, stories and photos together can be an excellent way to learn about and preserve family history.
- Picnicking. Sharing a meal outdoors feels like a special occasion! Plan ahead and bring plenty of favorite foods and enjoy each other’s company in a beautiful setting.
- Movies. Allowing an elderly loved one to share a long-loved movie, book or music album allows that person the chance to share a bit of their life experience and to pass on new interests to the next generation.
- Volunteer. Select a cause that touches the hearts of all involved and find a way to contribute.
- Play sports. Some family members may play an active role, while others may keep score or serve as the referee. Keep the spirit of competition alive and show off your moves!
- Make and record recipes. Family recipes are a treasured thing to pass down. Make the recipes together and find a secure way to keep the favorites safe for the next cook in the family.
- Play games. From card games to board games or Charades, there are many games that can be fun for the entire family. Plan a game night with your favorite snacks, bring some jokes to tell and let the good times roll!
- Find a connection app. Staying connected online can absolutely foster family relationships. Some apps can help families manage their calendars, set reminders about shared events, allow family members to share messages and pictures and set up secure ways to live chat.
Tutera communities are committed to providing the amenities for your family to enjoy these activities – and many others – all while remaining safe.
Activities at Tutera COMMUNITIES
At Tutera Senior Living & Health Care, our communities are ready to help your loved one live the life they deserve. In addition to providing our residents with a variety of housing options, we offer transportation, on-site dining and a wide variety of social activities, including:
Entertainment. Dancers, storytellers, singers and other performers often stop by to wow crowds at our various properties.
Arts and Crafts. Residents at Tutera communities get crafty and use their skills ranging from knitting to watercolors and clay pot painting. Your loved one can hone a previous talent or explore a new one.
Games and Competitions. We help to keep your loved one’s mind and skills sharp with card competitions and trivia tournaments.
And Many More!
Request a tour of a Tutera Senior Living community near you today to learn more about all we have to offer!
Learn more by clicking on the community links below:
The Atriums Senior Living Community
Tiffany Springs Senior Living Community
Carnegie Village Senior Living Community
Mission Chateau Senior Living Community
Moweaqua Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
St. Paul's Senior Community
Victory Hills Senior Living Community