Exerpt from press release:
According to Generations United, a Washington C.C.-based, nonprofit and advocacy group that promotes programs and policies to connect people of different ages, older adults and young children can experience real benefits from social and emotional interactions with one another. For children, benefits include increased academic performance, enhanced social skills, decreased negative behaviors, and increased stability through interaction with positive adult role models. Benefits to older adults range from improved physical and emotional health to enhanced socialization, learning stimulation, acquisition of new skills, and relationship building.
YMCA Child Care Services Director Kelly Fluette, who has partnered with Senior Center Executive Director Cameron Tease to launch the project, firmly believes in the idea of pre-schoolers engaging with seniors. "It helps with their mood, and gives them something to look forward to," Kelly said. "Some of our children don't have grandparents, so this is a way for them to experience people of all ages and backgrounds."
"I knew our seniors would love to have children here. They bring happiness, spontaneity, and enthusiasm. For our seniors, it's a chance to give back. Many of them are grandparents, but their grandchildren aren't in the area. This is an opportunity for them to share their love and wisdom.
Come join the fun at our next Intergenerational Event - the third Thursday of the month, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
This is a national non-profit organization with over 100 chapters nationwide. Our organization seeks to connect, educate, and support people raising children interested in attachment parenting, holistic health, and green living. We welcome all parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children of all ages. Our organization is a great resource for grandparents raising grandchildren. In the coming months we will be exploring pertinent topics such as The Changing Landscape of Food and How to Navigate It, Breastfeeding, Gardening with Kids, Positive Discipline, and Gentle Nighttime Parenting. Our meetings will include informative guest speakers as well as time to talk and connect with other caretakers. We are committed to empowering adults so they are able to make informed choices for their families and nurture the children in their lives. Our meetings will be held at the Keene Senior Center on the second Sunday of the month from 4:00 to 5:30 PM. We hope to see you there!