“A society that cuts off older people from meaningful contact with children….is greatly endangered. In the presence of grandparents and grandchildren, past and future merge into the present. ” ~ Margaret Mead
For years I worked with the young and the old separated. I witnessed how periodic performances by children brought such joy to the lives of the nursing home residents. So when a teacher approached me about having an activity where the two groups were engaged, I jumped at the opportunity. The rest is history. The benefits of intergenerational music for both generations include: Therapeutic singing and moving – Opportunities for creativity and self expression – Development of relationships and friendship – Opportunities for socialization – Appreciating a different generation
Wondering where to find participants for your intergenerational group?
Wondering how to get a senior living community to host an IG event?
A free webinar series will be available in February 2015 to help you cook up a crowd pleasing IG session. Sign-up for the Session Cafe emails indicating you’d like to know more about intergenerational groups.
A peek into a Music Sparks Sharing session
Every group, every session is unique. This video has snap shots from a few past sessions. It gives a small taste of the magic that happens in these intergenerational groups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAhwOeJW-w8
Learn more about intergenerational music groups
Intergenerational resources YOU can use
An interview by Janice Lindstrom, MT-BC
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