Our exposure to both generations in an integrated setting has led us to believe that modern society’s neglect of its oldest members is more than simply unfortunate, it constitutes nothing short of an injustice to all. Our oldest generation is equipped with valuable wisdom and insight that is as relevant today as it has ever been. At our Riverside adult care facility, we developed a list of these qualities that we admire in our oldest generation in honor of Mom and Dad’s day.
- Take care of other people
- Hard Working
- Value Education
- Provide for family, even during the hardest of times
- Take children to ball games, share the things the enjoy
- Fix things that are broken rather than buy new
- Grow pretty flowers
- Have a big garden for food
- Save for a rainy day
- Intrepid (characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance)
We encourage you to think about the qualities of our oldest generation that you admire. What are the greatest values of your parents and how are they relevant today? How can you incorporate these values into the way you live your life? We must act now to preserve the integrity, unwavering constitution, and strength of character that our oldest generation exemplifies before these qualities are truly lost.
At Neighborhood House, we are doing just that. We are fortunate to have our child and adult care facilities on the same campus. This enables us to hold a multitude of intergenerational activities between our two centers. These activities have been mutually beneficial in a number of ways. While our kids grow in character from their exposure to our aging adults, our adults come away rejuvenated by the kids’ energy and vibrancy.
Recently, we transported some of the children for whom we care to our adult center in Cottonwood Heights. The kids and adults worked together. They discussed the meaning of Thanksgiving, what they are thankful for, and the importance of recognizing what we appreciate in our lives. In addition, the children and adults worked together to create artful hand-traced turkeys. We are proud to say that the importance of learning from the wisdom of our elders is not lost on Neighborhood House.
Michael Stevens-Outreach Coordinator