"Generations Unite" Coming to the YMCA Kid Center
THE HOPKINS COUNTY FAMILY YMCA KID CENTER CREATES "GENERATIONS UNITE" TO SHOW FRIENDSHIP KNOWS NO AGE.
Beginning November 2015, the Hopkins County Family YMCA Preschool classes will visit local Assisted Living Centers twice a month in a new program called "Generations Unite." The Caterpillars Class (ages 3) will visit Oak Ridge Retirement Center beginning November 12th and the Butterflies Class (ages 4) will visit The Paragon beginning November 19th. The preschoolers and residents will participate in crafting, singing songs, art, playing games and Bible Study.
43% of older adults experience social isolation, which is closely correlated with loneliness and depression as well as mental and physical decline, even in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. That's where "Generations Unite" is trying to change things for the betterment of the elderly and the young. Children and elderly people share a lot of similarities and have a lot of offer each other. The Y's hope is that our children will provide excellent company for the seniors and brighten their days and also learn to not fear older adults.
"Our hope is to see the residents transform in the presence of our preschoolers," said Kelly Fincham, Family Services Director, Hopkins County Family YMCA. "We think the children can be a breath of fresh air during their day."
"I think 'Generations Unite' will be beneficial to our residents because doing activities with younger children could bring back many good memories, especially since many are retired teachers and Sunday School teachers," said Sherry Stuart, Activities Director, The Paragon of Madisonville. "It gives them something to look forward to that is different and new."