It’s no secret that many of us have learned our most impactful lessons from our elders. Because of this, we assume lessons are taught to us from those who have lived a long life, but thanks to recent studies, we are realizing older adults have much to gain from spending time with children as well. Continue reading our blog to learn more about the benefits of intergenerational preschools.
Elderly Adult Benefits
Research has consistently shown intergenerational preschools to be beneficial for seniors. The energetic spark of a little one’s personality helps promote higher energy levels and helps seniors rediscover a sense of purpose. The social, emotional, and mental stimulation that comes from befriending a child allows elderly adults to learn new skills and continue to stay cognitively engaged. These daily opportunities have also proven to decrease social isolation that often comes with decreased mobility in old age.
Remembering the Good Times
Many older adults are either mothers or fathers who have fond memories connected to taking care of young children. Uniting young children and seniors often triggers favorite memories for the elderly. While chasing kids and playing on the floor may not be an option anymore, the opportunity to read a book or play with dolls will bring back the joy that they experienced in the past.
At first glance, the sight of a child happily engaging with an elder is precious. Whether they’re reading a book or playing with toys, it’s beautiful to see generations connecting. When you take a deeper dive, you realize these interactions are doing much more than putting smiles on faces; these exchanges are aiding and promoting child development. As a child’s confidence grows through interacting with older adults, they demonstrate higher levels of communication and cooperative play, as well as increased motor and cognitive skills. Children who regularly socialize with elderly adults have an increased sense of empathy, greater social acceptance, and a better overall vocabulary.
As many studies have shown, children and seniors benefit from regular interactions. Intergenerational relationships foster an enriched environment where both parties will build confidence and increase their cognitive awareness. At Lexington Pointe, we have created a community where health and happiness are our main priorities for our residents. We take pride in providing a wide range of opportunities to support that mission, and our intergenerational preschool is one of the many experiences through which our residents flourish.
The Lexington Pointe Senior Living community is getting set for the holidays. We’re decking the halls and making the lobby looks festive with garland along the railing and a towering tree with lights, pretty bows, and colorful decorations. The holiday décor certainly makes our days merry and bright! 🎄
Lexington Pointe Senior Living had a lot of fun on Halloween, which was highlighted by a pre-school/staff costume parade.
Kermit visited our Sesame Street neighborhood. The staff dressed as characters from the show, and we took the preschoolers to visit some of our Garden Cove residents. Chef Josh also made special Sesame Street cupcakes for all the kids. Yum! 🧁
We also celebrated with games like Pumpkin Bowling and Pumpkin Ring Toss. The Count, Kermit, and Fresh Popcorn helped catch the pumpkins and rings before they rolled off the table.
Lexington Pointe Senior Living’s very talented Chef Josh made Sesame Street cupcakes for our little visitors on Halloween. The treats were so detailed and looked just like characters from the popular show. The preschool children loved their snacks and running around in costumes for the holiday!
Lexington Pointe recently hosted its last Happy Hour on the Patio. We wanted to get in one last hurrah before the cold weather moves in. Norella is enjoying a cold Oktoberfest beer. Cheers! 🍻
Lexington Pointe residents enjoyed a little free shopping excursion at our recent swap meet. We had a lot of items to look through, and our shoppers were happy with their finds!
Residents at Lexington Pointe Senior Living recently paired creativity with wine tasting. Participants enjoyed coloring some fall and Halloween pictures while snacking on delicious cheese and crackers with grapes and sipping on a variety of smooth wines. 🍷🧀🎨
Garden Cove residents decorated windows with tissue paper leaves for a fall craft project. The colorful leaves added a nice touch of autumn, and they sure are pretty to look at! 🍂
Lexington Pointe Senior Living residents gathered to create their own yarn owl craft. They used yarn, buttons, pipe cleaners, jewelry, and other items to design and make their own unique owl, all of which turned out really cute. 🦉
Lexington Pointe residents enjoyed an hour of music from the Windwood Jazz Duo. The performers, Chris and Conrad, put on a very entertaining show for a packed house. And it just so happens that Conrad is the son-in-law of two of our residents. Thank you both so much for donating your time and talents to our community! 🎸🎷
We recently enjoyed a lovely (and adorable) visit with our furry friend and therapy dog, Lexi. She’s a rescue who’s 7 years old and is amazing with our community members! While visiting with one of our Memory Care residents, Bob R., she tried to “sneak” some of his water and licked his straw, which gave everyone a good laugh! 😂🐕🦺
Lexington Pointe celebrated it’s first anniversary/birthday on September 1, and one of our resident couples sent our staff a lovely card to commemorate the occasion:
“Happy Birthday to us! Lexington Pointe and all the personnel who make it function and [a] happy campus:
One year ago today, September 1, 2020, was certainly exciting and very busy. For us, getting the keys to our new home was finally here. We were ready to move in!
For Taylor, Emily and Suzy, it meant getting the new residents checked for COVID, answering a million questions, and dealing with their requests – some simple and some otherwise!
Here’s to many good years to come. We’ll drink to that!” -Jack and Jan
Thank you for the kind message, Jack and Jan. Even though the pandemic presented us all with many unique challenges, we’ve loved serving our residents and building such an close-knit, fun, and supportive community during our first year. We look forward to many more yet to come! 🎉🥂❤️
Our National Night Out celebration was one for the books here at Lexington Pointe Senior Living! Community members in attendance were served a hot dog basket, root beer floats, and beer and wine. We also had a “smooch the pooch” kissing booth to enjoy some affection from an adorable puppy. Many attendees wore red, white, and blue in honor of our “Backyard Olympics” competition. Participants played cornhole (bean bag toss), washer toss, ring toss, a putting and chipping contest, and a water balloon toss. Some received gold medals for their victories, but everyone agreed that all the fun of playing together was the biggest prize.
We’d like to give a special thank you to “Denny the Muzikman” for entertaining us with his wonderful accordion performance, as well as the Alzheimer’s Association for their generous donations. And thank you to everyone who participated and made this incredible night of fun and community-building happen!
Lexington Pointe Senior Living’s staff received some heartwarming thank you letters following our National Night Out celebration, including this one from all our incredible residents:
“Thank you for your hard work and manual labor, food, entertainment, and clean-up on Tuesday night! It was fun and appreciated. Many thanks again.” – The Residents
We are so lucky to have such a fun, caring, and close-knit community. Thank you all for the kind and thoughtful messages – we are so glad to hear how much everyone enjoyed the night!
To help deal with the summer heat, we decided to have a water fight with students from the All Seasons Preschool. It was the perfect way to cool down and, as you can see, it spread a LOT of joy and laughter along the way! 💦🤣
Members of our Memory Care units recently got together to shuck corn. Everyone had an amazing time and did an excellent job! A big thank you to Joan and Nancy for helping out. 🌽
A speaker from the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) recently came by Lexington Pointe to give a presentation about traveling during the pandemic, as well as other interesting information and developments at the airport. Many of our community members attended the event and found it very informative and enjoyable.
Earlier this summer, we hosted a tea party during the men’s semi-final match of Wimbledon. Chef John prepared some delicious tea sandwiches to enjoy while sipping tea of various flavors and watching the competition. We also had a trivia game about Wimbledon and tea party etiquette! 🫖☕🥪🎾
Lexington Pointe’s management team celebrated National Tie Dye day in style! Here’s our Residence Director, Emily K., Director of Nursing, Suzy P., and Activities Director, Jen Z., showing off their fun and colorful outfits.
Lexington Pointe community members flexed their creative muscles with a fun and patriotic craft recently. We created American flags using popsicle sticks, paint, and paper stars, enjoying plenty of laughs and good times along the way! 🇺🇸
Lexington Pointe Senior Living started the month of July off with a birthday happy hour, featuring live accordion music courtesy of our talented friend, Denny. Residents in our Memory Care units also enjoyed the opportunity to visit and get creative with a fun Fourth of July craft. The results were spectacular! 🇺🇸🎉
Lexington Pointe hosted a successful (and very fun) swap meet last month! And anything that wasn’t taken was donated to the local Goodwill.
The Lexington Pointe Garden Club have done an amazing job bringing beauty and fresh herbs and vegetables to our community. We started in May with planting flowers and vegetables in our 8 gardening boxes, and we’d like to give a big thank you to the many tenants who helped us purchase the plants with their generous donations. Our club members have been working every day to water, weed, and care for our gardens, keeping them both beautiful and productive. 🌺🌷🌱
Are you a Lexington Pointe resident interested in fresh vegetables? We keep a sign-up sheet in the mailroom for community members who would like fresh herbs and/or vegetables. Every Monday morning the club members harvest what was requested, so be sure to get your orders in before then! 🌿🫑🥒
Students at the All Seasons Preschool, which is located right on the Lexington Pointe campus, enjoyed an exciting and educational visit from the local fire department before the year ended. Thank you to the generous firefighters for taking the time to speak to the kids. What a fun end-of-the-year experience! 🚒🧯
A few Lexington Pointe community members got together to share some good conversation and laughs over a paper flower and painted mason jar craft. We also hosted a paper airplane event where a small group created and tested different models. Once we found the best ones, we set up a little “paper airplane golf tournament” in our common areas. There’s nothing like making your own fun from scratch!