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May 30, 2012

Intergenerational Communities Enrich Lives

Oberlin recently received the MetLife Foundation and Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award. This award demonstrates that Oberlin is not just a great place where people of many generations just happen to live together, but that it is a community that strives to make sure that people of all ages lead active lives that are enriched with opportunities to interact and grow.

When different generations are brought together in a purposeful way, all involved can benefit from these interactions. These benefits stem not only from the opportunity to learn from others, but also from the chance to give and share. When they are managed the right way, programs and communities that promote intergenerational interaction offer opportunities for exchange.

Enhance Your Life

Many people find that once they have had a chance to interact with people from different generations, they gain new perspectives and these new perspectives enhance their lives in unexpected ways.

 Kendal offers an accredited early learning center for toddlers and preschoolers. The children benefit from an intergenerational curriculum that includes daily interactions and programs with residents ages 62 plus.

Another way Kendal at Oberlin embraces intergenerational activity is by being an ideal first employer for many area high school students, who work serving jobs in one of three dining venues.

Take Part in Meaningful Interactions

Activities that bring people of all generations together have a ripple effect that benefits the community as a whole. People of all ages long for meaningful interaction and communities that promote intergenerational living helps make this possible.

Forging new connections helps individuals see themselves in new ways and once they do, they are more likely to go out and do more to help others. Commenting on the benefits of intergenerational programs, the Environmental Protection Agency notes that children, youth, and mature adults lead more enriched lives when the community they live in recognizes that they are all contributing members of society.

To arrange a tour of Kendal’s intergenerational campus, contact us today


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