Benefits for Older Adults
45% of Americans working in retirement say they want to work with youth
Older adults learn new innovations and technologies from their younger counterparts
Older adults who regularly volunteer with children burn 20% more calories per week, experienced fewer falls, were less reliant on canes, and performed better on memory tests than their peers.
Older adults with dementia and other cognitive impairments experience more positive effects during interactions with children than they did during non-generational activities.
Benefits for Children
In schools where older adults were a regular fixture, children had more improved reading scores compared to their peers at other schools.
Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop social networks, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and community service.
Youth involved in intergenerational mentoring programs are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school.
Children and youth gain positive role models with whom they can interact on a regular basis.
Information from seniorlifestyle.com
What is a Life Enrichment Program?
All people can benefit from the opportunity to connect with others in meaningful ways, no matter their age or medical diagnosis. The staff of caring professionals that create the Benevilla Life Enrichment Day Programs make sure those meaningful experiences happen every day at our programs and that our members lives are positively impacted with every visit.