Intergenerational bonding is good for everyone, and also has many benefits starting from improving the immune system to enhancing social intelligence.
- It provides an opportunity for both to learn new skills.
- It gives the child and the older adult a sense of purpose.
- Helps children to understand and later accept their own aging.
- Engaging with children invigorates and energizes older adults.
- It prevents the isolation and loneliness of older adults.
- Intergenerational sharing helps in keeping family stories and history alive.
- It is an aid in cognitive stimulation as well as broadening social circles especially when the youth introduce technology into the life of older adults.
- It also improves mental health so that they can perform better on memory tests, and those with dementia also experience positive effects.
- It reduces feelings of sadness as these are experiences they enjoy and look forward to.
- It increases their self-worth and self-esteem along with improved performance.
Developing connections with a younger generation can help older adults feel a greater sense of fulfillment.