At The Castlewood Senior Living, we are always excited to celebrate the Back-to-School season! Partnering with local schools is typically a year-long effort, but there is a special focus on the time when most students are heading back to the classroom- whether in person or virtually. Our residents find it easy to relate to school outreach efforts as many of them can recall a time when they returned to school as well.
Fostering these relationships helps build a sense of community among students, teachers, residents, and staff. There are plenty of advantages to intergenerational activities- such as decreasing the social and economic isolation so many seniors feel. Research has shown that seniors’ health, memory, and balance can benefit from volunteering regularly with children. Not only do these relationships benefit the older generations, but also the younger ones as well. Studies have also shown that children who interact with elders are less likely than others to start illegal drug use, will more likely have improved communication with their parents, and are less likely to experience depression. Lastly, these experiences can create timeless memories for both the seniors and children involved, such as making a new friend, trying a new game or activity, or listening to stories of each other’s life.
We are planning to contact a nearby high school to be a part of their "Back to School" experience. We wish to continue that relationship beyond the start of school by creating "Senior to Senior" Pen Pals.
It is important to extend support to local high schools for the students to know they are seen and cared for by people in their community. With the recent tragedies happening in high schools across the nation, students really are showing bravery by walking in the doors of their school each day. It is necessary for them to know that they are not alone in doing so.
The benefit of forming these relationships would be to break down the stereotypes associated with aging and older adults. For high schoolers to see that elders in their area getting out, being active, and investing in their community around them, is so important. As high school seniors that are getting ready to go out into the world as adults, I think they would really benefit from the wisdom and insight of our residents.
The Castlewood Senior Living will continue to show their support in a lot of different ways this Back-to-School season and throughout the school year.