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May 5, 2023

The Westbury Senior Living Encourages Intergenerational Relationships Between Children and Older Adults

Category: Senior Living

Author: Shay Heetland, Resident Services Director

As we age, health becomes a major focus of our daily lives. We begin to think more about eating well, getting enough exercise, and keeping our minds active. But health is more than that – it also includes our relationships with others, specifically intergenerational relationships. 

According to an article in Press & News, there are the many benefits of intergenerational relationships between children and older adults.  

  • Children who spend time with older adults growing up are less ageist as they get older.  
  • It can prevent isolation and loneliness in older adults.  
  • It provides a perfect opportunity for young and old to learn from one another.  
  • It builds a stronger community.  
  • It gives older adults a sense of purpose and helps younger generations have a greater respect for and value of older adults.  
  • It helps keep stories and history alive within families and the greater community. 

At The Westbury Senior Living, we promote intergenerational relationships in many ways! My favorite event is working with a preschool to bring residents over to read and do crafts with the students. We also host a monthly Story Corner that invites grandkids, employee’s children, and area youngsters into our community for a story, craft, and snacks. We recently hosted an Easter egg hunt, complete with the Easter Bunny! Other prior events include Halloween trick-or-treating and Christmas caroling within the community to promote relationships.


When observing the interactions between children and older adults, it’s easy to see how much older adults really have to offer to children, and vice versa! They share smiles, memories, information, and more. One of the biggest benefits I’ve noticed for residents is the joy that comes from each of these events. Residents really get to embrace their inner child and enjoy the small joys in life. There is always so much laughter and fun while working and playing at our intergenerational events! 

Each of our communities works hard to foster intergenerational relationships and memorable experiences.   


Source: Engage at Every Age: The benefits of intergenerational relationships – Senior Community Services    

The Westbury Senior Living in Columbia, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near University Hospital and Boone Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Mizzou Tigers, Columbia Mall, The Broadway Shops, MKT Nature and Fitness Trail, Finger Lake State Park, and LA Nickell Golf Course.

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