Senior Prom: Bridging the Generation GapJune 21, 2016 | Heritage Place
Senior living communities are a wonderful place for older adults to live and socialize with others who have been through many of the same situations in life. But how do the residents of these communities connect with today's youth and build relationships with their grandchildren? At Heritage Place in Bountiful, UT, we believe that it is important for seniors to have regular contact with children and teens, as it's mutually beneficial for everyone involved.
The Benefits of Intergenerational Friendships
According to health and science experts, seniors can sometimes feel isolated from the world at large. They may not understand today's technology, have mobility issues that prevent them from leaving the house easily, or see their families less frequently than they would like. Intergenerational activities can alleviate feelings of loneliness and unite two very distinct age groups: teens and senior citizens.
There are many benefits to intergenerational friendships; in fact, the relationships can:
- Give seniors and children a sense of purpose and community
- Help children to understand and accept the aging process
- Provide an opportunity for both seniors and children to learn new skills or information from each other
- Reduce isolation and the likelihood of depression in the elderly
- Energize older adults
- Fill a void for children who do not have grandparents/have a good relationship with them
- Help keep family stories and history alive and understood
Intergenerational socializing is nothing new and has been around since the dawn of time. However, society has changed drastically in the last 150 years, leading to a larger generational gaps between the old and the young. One of the best ways to bridge this gap is through planned activities that provide common ground for both seniors and teens, and that's exactly what we did back in May.
Senior Prom at Heritage Place
Senior prom has long been a rite of passage for America's teenagers, a time to celebrate and dance with friends. We recently brought the fun and good times of prom to our residents through a mixer with local students from Viewmont High School. We used the beloved tradition of prom to bridge the generational gap and unite "seniors" who may not have met otherwise. Everyone in attendance dressed up in their finest and enjoyed chatting, dancing, and tasty refreshments.
One of the highlights of the evening was the live band that played our residents' favorite tunes all afternoon long. An assisted living resident told us after the dance, "The live band was my favorite, because it reminded me of going to dances when I was younger."
It is clear that these type of events bring such joy to both our residents and the students. As one Viewmont student put it, "I love associating with the people here at Heritage Place. When their faces light up with a smile, it makes it all worth it."
Our social calendar is always filled with fun activities for our residents and the Salt Lake City community. We encourage you to visit Heritage Place and check out one of our upcoming events.
If you're interested in learning more about assisted and active living at Heritage Place or would like to schedule a tour, please contact us today.
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