Intergenerational Programs

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities regularly feature activities involving young people. Whether it’s a youth choir performance and visit, an ongoing program with a local school or regular activities with the on-campus preschool, these pairings of the young and the old are not by happenstance: there are bonafide benefits for the kids, the elders and the community. For seniors, the positive effects include health benefits.

Everyone Benefits

Seniors who volunteer regularly with children enjoy better physical health because they are more active. They have fewer falls, are less reliant on canes and perform better on memory tests. They also enjoy enhanced social relationships and emotional support, which foster support and connectedness that studies show protects the brain.

Intergenerational activities benefit the children, too. These positive effects include better school performance (especially reading), enhanced social skills, fewer negative behaviors and increased stability through a more positive outlook toward civic responsibilities, desire to volunteer and a greater sense of trust.

To learn more about the intergenerational programs available on PMMA campuses, visit the communities page.