As Twilight Community Group develop new programmes, new approaches we have discovered the rea benefits of intergenerational activities and support programmes. What are the benefits of this intergenerational support programmes?
Why Intergeneration Solidarity?
Also referred to as Multigenerational Solidarity, it is the mutual support and collaboration among different age groups within a society or family. It encompasses the recognition and appreciation of the strengths and contributions of individuals from various generations. There are a multitude of benefits to partaking in such a practice:
Social cohesion and connection: When generations collaborate and work together, it fosters understanding, empathy, and appreciation for one another. This acts as a means of ‘bridging the generation gap’ and encouraging a sense of belonging and togetherness. It can contribute to the creation of stronger family ties, reducing social isolation, and enhancing community relationships.
Wisdom, experience and learning: Each generation brings unique perspectives, knowledge, and life experiences. Through sharing experiences and helping others navigate life’s challenges, one can gain a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Any exchange of knowledge and ideas can enhance personal growth and promotes lifelong learning.
Emotional support: Life can present numerous challenges at different stages, such as career decisions, relationship issues, or health concerns. Multigenerational solidarity provides emotional support systems where individuals can seek guidance, advice, and comfort from others who have gone through similar experiences. Sharing and empathizing with one another’s struggles can strengthen both familial and societal bonds.
Skills transfer: Different people possess distinct skill sets, expertise, and knowledge particularly as we move through generations. By sharing these skills, cultural and traditional practices can be maintained while newer skills in areas such as technology can be passed along through each generation.
Studies have shown that strong intergenerational relationships positively impact mental and physical health across generations. Such benefits include increased mental stimulation, reduced feelings of loneliness, improved cognitive functioning, emotional support and guidance thus promoting positive overall health and well-being. Multigenerational solidarity has the potential to create a harmonious and thriving society where individuals of all ages feel valued, supported, and empowered. So, do yourself a favour and remove those barriers of age that society has created and mingle with family and friends, near and far.
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