May 5, 2023
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.
At Vitalia Senior Residences at Westlake, we promote intergenerational relationships in many ways! As the Resident Services Director, I am working to continue to grow our Story Corner program. We invite grandchildren of residents, employee’s children, Primrose School in Westlake, and the daycares and schools of our employees’ children. Our last Story Corner had so many little visitors, it was such a fun and special afternoon!
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. I love to watch my residents light up when children come to visit. There is some kind of magic when the young and older adults get together. It brings my residents out of their shells and encourages socialization with older generations by the children. The joy that intergenerational programming brings to both young and old is magical. It brings the residents back to a time when their children were young, and they were raising their own kids. It prompts memories and stories like, “When I was your age…” or “I remember when….” It is so important to encourage these interactions!
Each of our communities works hard to foster intergenerational relationships and memorable experiences.
VITALIA® Westlake in Westlake, OH offers independent living +, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near UH St. John Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic Avon with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Meadowood Golf Course, Crocker Park, Clague Playhouse, Porter Library, Westlake Rec Center, Sibling Revelry Brewery, Bradley Woods Reservation, Huntington Reservation, and White Oaks Restaurant.
February 27, 2024
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February 24, 2024
As the global population ages, it will bring both opportunities and challenges for senior living. The projected number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double from 46 million to over 98 million by 2060. It will be the first time in history the number of older adults outnumbers children under age five. […]