The benefits of joint activities for all generations
Sharing, creating, painting, playing music or simply chatting and spending time together are some of the benefits that apply to all generations. Besides joy, friendships and a good mood, the joint activities can develop shared values and mutual understanding. We can learn from each other, develop our skills, spend time together and keep our body and mind in good shape. These are the ingredients for a good and happy life, built on good (intergenerational) relationships.
Benefits for the elders
Spending time with others gives seniors a sense of belonging and purpose, which can enhance their overall quality of life. The feeling of belonging, the ability to pass on experiences or to share pleasures and concerns are important factors for the self-fulfilment of seniors. The development and maintenance of cognitive abilities makes it possible for older people to work independently and maintain their quality of life. Children give them joy and energy, they evoke fun memories of their own childhood. They are also passionate little listeners and cheerful helpers.
Benefits for the children
Young children need structure and routine to feel safe and secure. They also need good role models and know their origin or their “roots” to be able to navigate through life successfully. During the joint activities with the seniors, they get both. They learn, inspire/get inspired, build friendships and values associated with age and tolerance. Children also improve their communication and motor skills. They gain wonderful experience and enjoy time in good company.