By 2050, one in six people in the world will be aged 65 years or older. This is challenging urban developers and designers to think in a more inspired way to create vibrant living communities.
Intergenerational care is a growing trend in the Senior Living sector. From school visits to retirement villages through to housing complete preschool facilities within retirement campuses – socialisation across generations benefit both young and old.
Studies link social interaction with decreased loneliness, delayed mental decline, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of disease and death in elders. According to one Japanese study from 2013 it has also been shown to promote positive interactions between residents.
Where intergenerational households were once the norm, mounting pressure on housing, cost of living and time saw child and elder care outsourced.
“We live in a culture, time, and place where creative people have to use creative means to accomplish something that was always the most ordinary, customary thing in the human experience: older people and younger people sharing their lives,” says Dr. Bill Thomas, an international authority on geriatric medicine and eldercare.
Research suggests that not only does this kind of socialisation benefit residents, it comes with a variety of benefits for children as well. Not only does it enhance their own social and personal development, children who have had positive interactions with older people are less likely to exhibit ageism and more likely to be empathetic towards the elderly
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