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Intergenerational Activities: Ways for the Whole Family to Have Fun

Intergenerational Activities: Ways for the Whole Family to Have Fun

As a senior, it may be tough to imagine the ways in which the family can have fun together. But truth be told, there are a number of ways for different generations to come together. Additionally, intergenerational activities have a bunch of family-related benefits too. If you’re looking forward to the next time the family visit, we’ve rounded up a few activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Outdoor Games

Lawn games have made a come-back in recent years. With the likes of croquet and bowls back in popularity, many can enjoy their simple, yet endless fun. With these games now ‘cool’ again, the younger generation enjoy getting involved. This makes them the perfect family activity to get everyone up and moving. 

Not only have these games resurfaced as a fun afternoon activity, but they’re also a low impact form of exercise, known to improve fitness, coordination and confidence. These are beneficial not only to the older generations looking to maintain their overall health, but also the younger generations looking to improve their health. If your mobility isn’t what it used to be and you’re unable to participate, it’s still a great excuse to get outside with the family and watch them have a go.

Card Games

While educated guesses placed the origins of playing cards all the way back to 12th Century China, card games continue to be a timeless hobby for all ages. Maybe it’s teaching your grandchildren how to play classic games such as Rummy, Go Fish or Solitaire. Card games provide an endless amount of fun for everyone.

Just as much as card games are fun, so too are they beneficial to your brain. Research shows that partaking in activities that stimulate your brain can help reduce the risk of contracting memory and cognitive related illnesses. Card games aren’t the only way to keep your brain at its best. But, it’s certainly fun to do so while enjoying the company of your family.

Gardening

Planting, weeding and harvesting in the garden, is a great opportunity for the family to get outdoors together. While you as the older generation get to pass down your  knowledge about growing flowers, vegetables and herbs, your grandchildren get to learn. they also get to participate and eventually see the results of their efforts. 

Children enjoy seeing life grow, and gardening is the perfect way for you to spend some quality time with them. They’ll come to understand the importance of caring for nature. Furthermore, they’ll understand how to work in a team and the benefits of eating all the healthy veggies that they’ve planted. Even if you’re unable to get down on your knees and physically demonstrate to grandchildren how to sow seeds, you can facilitate their efforts as you teach them the basics.

Coming Together Through Volunteering

Volunteering together, teaches the younger generation compassion for others, and the importance of giving back to the community. Volunteering is both meaningful and engaging for all members of the family. You could spend time together giving animals some love and attention. Or collecting and donating non-perishable foods to a safe haven. Or starting a collection for a charity of your choice. You’ll get the chance to spend time with your family while they learn to give of their time to help others.

As Help Guide emphasizes, “Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you’ll show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference. You’ll show them how good it feels to help other people and animals and enact change.”

While the younger generation come to understand the importance of giving, you as the older generation get to spend meaningful time with your loved ones, and even help you maintain your social activity. 

Strengthening the Bond

Whether you have poor mobility, and access aged care support services or not, there a number of ways the entire family can get together, at anytime. So, consider these activities so that both young and old can participate. Aside from teaching the youngsters a thing or two, you’ll enhance that all important bond between the generations.


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