September is designated Intergeneration Month by the Intergenerational Foundation to celebrate the benefits of participating in relationships between young people and older adults while bringing awareness to the importance of closing the gap between generations.
Studies show that children who participate in activities with older adults tend to have improved reading scores, communication skills, problem-solving skills and a positive attitude toward community service. Here are some ways to help families connect across the generations, and in this time of social distancing, stay connected across towns and states:
- Benefits of Intergenerational Interaction, and Activity Ideas, from the Institute on Aging
- Tips for Video Chatting With Young Children, from NAEYC
- 5 Tips to Help Grandparents Stay Connected With Their Grandkids, Despite Social Distancing, from Save the Children
- Finding New ways to Show Affection Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak, from AARP.org
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