Why Intergenerational Play?


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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close