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The Importance of Intergenerational Connections

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Our wonderful friends from Revera Long Term Care Residence visited our Midtown Bathurst Campus last Friday. It was one of many visits we have had with the residents over the years and each time they leave, we can’t wait for their next visit. In a world filled with constant digital distractions and fast-paced lifestyles, it's easy for generations to drift apart. We want to shed light on the importance of intergenerational connections and the value these interactions carry.

Relationships between children and the elderly are not just heartwarming; they’re transformative. When our students spend time with older adults, they step into a world rich with stories, wisdom, and experiences. Through these interactions, children are given a new perspective. They learn to see the world through the eyes of another generation, gaining a deeper understanding of the human experience. Most of all, they learn grace, courtesy, and empathy while fostering a culture of respect for aging. By connecting with the elderly, our students witness first-hand the positive impact they can have on the lives of others.

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Many older adults face loneliness and isolation, especially in a society that often overlooks the value of aging. The impact intergenerational connections have on older adults is immense. These connections enhance their emotional and physical well-being, provide them a sense of purpose and help with cognitive stimulation. We plan new activities (i.e flower arranging, storytelling, dancing, etc.) for every visit with the residents at Revera, each allowing opportunities for us all to learn and benefit from one another.

Intergenerational connections are so important. The positive impacts these relationships have on both the residents at Revera and our students at Clover are evident in the equal sharing of laughter and the overwhelming sense of joy during each visit. We hope to inspire our students to continue these acts of kindness as they step into the world and move with grace and courtesy, understanding that the elderly in our communities are those to celebrate and revere.