The solution is to build an intergenerational care center in Brevard County. These centers have been structured to simulaneously serve the needs of multiple generations. Generations United, a Washington DC advocacy group for intergenerational care, reported on July 27, 2007 that adults enrolled in such programs have enhanced socialization opportunities and a greater since of engagement in their communities. They have better emotional and mental health as well as stronger physical health than their counterparts.
In the same July 2007 report, children also benefit from increased positive interaction with older adults. Children involved in these programs had improved academic performance, a more positive attitude to aging and were more socially mature than their peers.
For the elders, current statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association 2016, is that 1 out of every 8 people over the age of 65 will get Alzheimer’s and today, and every day until 2030, 10,000 Americans will be turning 65 years of age. In Brevard County, developers are retrofitting Assisted Living Centers and building Memory Care Centers for the 1 out 8. Which is great news! Our solution, by providing an Intergenerational Care Center, provides an option for the 7 out of every 8 people who will not get Alzheimer’s Disease.
It is a win win for all involved.
“It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.” ~Margaret Mead
“The days I come here are the best days of my week.” Older adult in New Hampshire.