Family Fun – Three Intergenerational Activities To Bring the Whole Family Together

The digital age can make it feel like the days of in-person connection are behind you. However, it just means that nurturing intergenerational relationships is more important than ever. Here are three activities you can do with the young people in your life to stay connected and make meaningful memories.

The Benefits of Intergenerational Relationships

Intergenerational relationships are unique and offer many benefits for older adults, some of which include:

  • Protecting your brain from cognitive decline
  • Combatting depression and loneliness
  • Staying physically active
  • Reducing stress

When you spend time with young people, whether through family connections or volunteering, you experience meaningful social interactions that can support your physical, mental, and social health.

Intergenerational Activities. Woman, son, and grandmother play together.

Three Fun Activities for Older Adults and Young People

Intergenerational relationships are only as fulfilling as you make them. So, putting thought and effort into planning your activities is worthwhile. Choose one of these activities to have a good experience with the young people in your life.

Get Outside

One of the best ways to spend time with the younger generation is to go outside. You can garden, go to the park, explore the forest, swim at the beach, and so much more. This is a great way to get away from your phones and other media and truly connect. Plus, you get to be physically active and hopefully soak up some vitamin D, which supports mental health.

Cook Together

Cooking is a great way to connect with someone younger than you. If you’re an established hand in the kitchen, you get the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience. Passing down traditions and recipes is fulfilling and can bring deep meaning to your life as you age.

You don’t have to know how to cook to do this activity with a younger person. Pick up a cookbook from the local library or choose a video tutorial to watch together. The experience of creating something together is powerful, and you can also enjoy your hard work by sharing a great meal.

Be Creative

Sometimes, connecting with young people over a level playing field is easier, and creative activities offer just that. Some crafty and artistic activities to try are:

  • Home-made play dough
  • Finger-paint collage
  • Hand-drawn family tree
  • Painted rocks
  • Seasonal and holiday crafts

Not only is making art fun, but it can also be cathartic. When young people have difficulty expressing themselves in words, they may find it easier to get their hands dirty and create something interesting.

Embrace Your Best Years With Holistic Care

Living alone can be challenging for older adults. If you feel overwhelmed by your health and the responsibilities of caring for a home, consider transitioning to a senior living community. You can free up time to spend with the young people in your life while relying on the comfort and safety of an environment dedicated to holistic care. To learn more about moving into a community for older adults, schedule a visit to talk to our team members and explore our communities in person. 

For help or more information contact us or schedule a visit at a location today.