Why Consider Living with a Young Adult?
Seniors who interact with youth live longer and boast better physical and mental health than those who do not, and those in inter-generational living arrangements experience innumerable benefits, including:
• Improved cognitive functions: regular participation in social activities helps to keep one “sharp” as they age and has a positive impact on those with dementia.
• Decreased incidence of depression and less social isolation:
Remaining productive and making worthwhile contributions increases feelings of self worth, and helps reduce feelings of depression. Interacting with youth promotes valuable social interactions fostering a happier present life and more hope for the future.
• Lifelong learning: Older adults have a lot to teach younger generations, but youth can be teachers, too. Older adults can learn about technology and other innovations from their younger friends.
Older adults can share family and community stories helping keep history alive while a younger generation may encourage one to see the world anew again.
• Improved health: Interacting with youth can invigorate and energize older adults. Simply getting off the couch and moving can help with atrophied muscles, difficulty breathing and walking, unsteady balance, poor blood flow as well as other common physical problems.
Relationships between generations help us feel connected not only to each other, but to the past and the future. A willingness to accommodate our needs and potential with others needs and potential lead to benefits for all and thus a richer human development.