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May 5, 2023

The Castlewood Senior Living Encourages Intergenerational Relationships Between Children and Older Adults

Category: Senior Living

Author: Nikki Casteel, Resident Services Director

As we age, health becomes a major focus of our daily lives. We begin to think more about eating well, getting enough exercise, and keeping our minds active. But health is more than that – it also includes our relationships with others, specifically intergenerational relationships. 

According to an article in Press & News, there are the many benefits of intergenerational relationships between children and older adults.  

  • Children who spend time with older adults growing up are less ageist as they get older.  
  • It can prevent isolation and loneliness in older adults.  
  • It provides a perfect opportunity for young and old to learn from one another.  
  • It builds a stronger community.  
  • It gives older adults a sense of purpose and helps younger generations have a greater respect for and value of older adults.  
  • It helps keep stories and history alive within families and the greater community. 

At The Castlewood Senior Living, we promote intergenerational relationships in many ways! As the Resident Services Director, I always try to keep the importance of intergenerational relationships in mind when I am creating our monthly calendar. I want to give our residents an opportunity to connect with younger generations by offering events and programs that involve kids coming into our community or residents going into theirs. For example, we take monthly outings to a nearby preschool, we occasionally visit the local high school for big events, and we encourage families to join us for holiday events, as well as special occasion meals!

When observing the interactions between children and older adults, it’s easy to see how much older adults really have to offer to children, and vice versa! They share smiles, memories, information, and more. At the preschool our residents visit monthly, the students refer to residents as their grandparents. I think that alone goes to show how impactful their interactions are. The students learn from our residents, they laugh with them, and get loved on by them. Residents gain patience and a sort of child-like wonder from the students. Our residents always leave being so impressed with how polite the kids are and how much they know for their young age. Residents say it is encouraging to know they are the future of our world! 

Each of our communities works hard to foster intergenerational relationships and memorable experiences.   

Source: Engage at Every Age: The benefits of intergenerational relationships – Senior Community Services    

The Castlewood Senior Living in Nixa, MO offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located with easy access to a wide variety of attractions and local shopping.

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