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 Strongsville, we promote intergenerational relationships in many ways! We have a wonderful relationship with one of our local schools, Incarnate Word Academy, specifically their Kinder Prep class. For over three years we have created a very sweet bond that started during COVID. The class made cards and art projects for the residents, and in return, we made craft kits for the kids to put together in their classroom. We helped to redecorate their classroom two years ago, and as an act of service, donated STEM kits for their classroom. This past year the children came to the community to trick-or-treat, sing Christmas carols, and join us for our monthly Story Corner. We have even taken some field trips to their school as well.
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. Intergenerational friendships are so important to both the children and our residents. Some of our residents don’t have small children in their families and miss interacting with little ones. It brings them joy to spend time with kids and to remember their children at that age. They can learn a lot from the youngsters, especially all the new technical information. For the children, what a wonderful way to learn about the past, and to respect and love the older generation.
Each of our communities works hard to foster intergenerational relationships and memorable experiences.
VITALIA® Strongsville in Strongsville, OH offers independent senior apartments, 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 Southwest General Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mallard Creek, Southpark Mall, Strongsville Historical Society, The Greens of Strongsville Shopping , and Don’s Pomeroy House.
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February 24, 2024
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