Why an Intergenerational (IG) Focus?
Our society is blessed with a large aging population —individuals with talents, wisdom, experience, and the desire to make a difference. Older adults who find ways to stay meaningfully involved have longer, healthier lives and can avoid a sense of isolation. “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” ~George Washington Carver
Children today often lack the presence of caring older adults to help them on the path to adulthood. Many children grow up in single parent families with a parent who must work long hours to make ends meet. Others live far away from extended families and don’t have the benefit of grandparents in their lives. These youth need to know that there are older people who care for them. Intergenerational programs make it possible for a child to interact with a surrogate Grandparent.
Many older children and teens also have a desire to connect with others and help their community. Youth and older adults are both underutilized resources that can be tapped to help address unmet needs in our community. Bringing people of all ages together creates meaningful opportunities to build relationships. These connections help to dispel age – related myths and stereotypes and ultimately strengthen our communities.
FREE Intergenerational Kids Garden Club
Do you know a toddler or home-schooled elementary level student that would like to participate in our Intergenerational Garden Club? Kids and a parent or grandparent are invited to join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. More Info