Children and adults who play together discover a world beyond themselves engendering respect for each individual’s knowledge, strengths and values. Both learning and enjoyment soar as they play.
Research shows that children who play with adults demonstrate greater creativity and higher levels of language and problem solving skills than when playing solely with other children. Additionally, infant and toddler play is more sophisticated with adult partners. Engaging with adults supports optimal cognitive and social emotional development.
For older adults, play has psychological and health benefits, reducing stress, promoting relaxation and giving perspective to the demands of life. Building and maintaining relationships via play is associated with better mental health, less disease and disability and increased survival. During play, intergenerational shared site facilities observe positive changes in mood and higher engagement even among frail elders.