Intergenerational Connections are defined as purposeful and intentional joining together of generations in ongoing and mutually beneficial activities. These connections allow youth and seniors to share their talents and resources while supporting each other in relationships, which ultimately benefit the individuals and the communities where they reside.
In a world of frequent isolation and short, impersonal media connections, Intergenerational programs give us the opportunity to bridge the gap between the generations in our community. This allows us to create a strong sense of community and an appreciation for the contributions of each group. Intergenerational connections thrive and foster a willingness to cross disciplinary and cultural boundaries to solve problems that enrich lives and communities because of these programs.
At Arch of Knowledge, Inc., we believe that we are more alike than different. We are committed to strengthening our communities by providing activities that require socialization and cultural exchanges which promote mutual understanding and respect of similarities and differences in all ages. To do this, it is necessary to bring them together. An intergenerational community is one where all generations are an integral and valued part of the setting and Arch of Knowledge is working hard to build an intergenerational society one community at a time.
*Build new relationships and provide experiences that improves quality for all
*Provide interactions that can help diminish the impact of declining mental and physical health
*Reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness
*Promote empathy and respect
*Dispel stereotypes and change attitudes about one another
*Enhance solidarity, active citizenship, and personal development
*Increase self-worth and sense of purpose
Intergenerational engagement can take place through several methods. From workshops, events, and other bonding activities, Arch of Knowledge, Inc. will create intentional intergenerational connections that enrich the lives of all involved and enhance our communities. When we encourage these connections, our residents, families, and communities are better served.