This Intergenerational Day Care Knows No Age

An old tradition in a new application

It's long been known just how well the youngest generation gets along with the oldest generation, but now one intergenerational day care facility is putting that theory to the test.

Recently featured on The Today Show, The Bethlehem Intergenerational Center brings the two generations together each day to take part in shared activities.

According to their Facebook page, while the concept of Intergenerational Centers is fairly new, the reality of multiple generations living, working and playing together is as old as families themselves. In our busy and mobile world we have often lost sight of the benefits and importance of the young and old being together.

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Early research in this concept suggests significant benefits for young and old alike. An intergenerational center consists of a wing dedicated to the care and education of young children and another wing dedicated to the care and enrichment of the elderly. What makes it intergenerational is that programming is intentionally designed to encourage the children and elders to be together at various times during the day for activities as well as organic interactions.

It's so sweet to see how both the young and the old benefit from these interactions and truly teach a lesson to us all.

Would you take advantage of a center like this in your area?

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Sami Cone

Sami Cone

Best-Selling Author & Speaker

Sami Cone is the best-selling author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", is known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town" and educates over a million listeners every day on her nationally syndicated "Family Money Minute". She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband, Rick, and their two ‘tweenage' children.

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