It's not always easy to find time to spend with younger generations when one is enjoying retirement living, but recently six senior centers in New Jersey have collaborated with the Recreation Activities Crew to bring together students and older adults, allowing the two groups can learn from one another, according to The Daily Tagrum.
The participants gathered at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center to celebrate Rutgers Senior Day.
Some of the most important activities were the exercise classes. Students taught seniors how they could live a healthy lifestyle while going about their day-to-day tasks.
"Hopefully, when [the seniors] go back to their centers they will go into exercise classes and do the exercises," Susan Kaplowitz, an assistant instructor at the Department of Exercise Science and Sports Studies, told the news provider. "We're trying to encourage exercise for the senior citizens."
Intergenerational engagement is a priority for many independent living facilities, because a large population of older adults want to stay involved in their surrounding towns as they age.
"What we're seeing in America is a growing reverse from isolating seniors to integration across ages," said industry expert Steve Ordahl.