Friday, September 25, 2009

The Benefits of Intergenerational Activities from GE Strong as Steel

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that I’ve been continuously promoting the GE Strong as Steel campaign because it gives you the opportunity to enter every day through November 15th to win a brand-new GE appliance! And if one of you wins by entering on my blog, then I win one, too. So, I would love for BOTH of us to win a new appliance!

Each week, the GE Strong as Steel team is sharing some fun material about getting in shape. This week’s information is about intergenerational activities. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aging Initiative, “Intergenerational programs are activities that bring together individuals of different ages as partners to explore, study, and work towards a shared goal. These activities foster cooperation and promote interaction among generations including children, youth and older adults. Programs can be youth serving older adults, older adults serving youth, or youth and older adults serving together. Some examples of intergenerational programs are: youth teaching seniors or providing chore service; older adults mentoring youth or providing childcare; and children, youth and older adults performing in a community theater group or working to improve the natural environment.”

Here’s what GE has to say on the subject:
Sure, you may not have known that your kitchen could get you in great shape, but maybe you know this one: How many seniors does it take to change a light bulb? It only takes one! But, it can be a lot more rewarding if it takes two—a senior and a youth, an oldie and a newbie, an acorn and an oak...

Intergenerational activities increase cooperation, interaction and exchange between people of different generations, according to Generations United—an organization that began in 1986 and is the country’s only membership organization promoting intergenerational public policies, strategies and programs.

According to the EPA, these activities can prevent unnatural age segregation and apply the strengths of one generation to meet the needs of another. For youth and children, these activities can enhance social skills, improve academic performance, decrease drug use and increase stability. For older adults, these activities can enhance socialization, stimulate learning, increase emotional support and improve health.

And when the two generations team up to help the environment, it’s a win for everyone!

I encourage you to find ways in which your children can spend more time with their grandparents or other seniors in their lives. Thank you to the GE Strong as Steel team for reminding us of the benefits of intergenerational activities. And for sponsoring a really great giveaway!

Click on "Sweepstakes" below to enter now!

1 comment:

  1. Sadly each of my daughters has only one grandparent left. My oldest also has a great grandmother but doesn't get to see her often because of distance. I wish that they had been able to interact with their grandparents more but it wasn't meant to be.


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