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Guided Autobiography

Participates of this event are asked to talk about their life through purposefully designed questions and themes over the course of ten weekly meetings. Volunteers record the stories for the individuals themselves, and anyone whom they wish to share them with. Sharing of these stories will meet with laughter, support, and enrichment.

Close Knit Friends

An inclusive group for all ages that shares the common interests of knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, or tatting and other fiber arts.  This program is ongoing, and welcomes anyone who is new or experienced in fiber arts. 

Bridges Together

This program is built for bringing young children together with older adults to share in constructive projects together. We read books, tell stories, and have fun activities planned for all participants to enjoy.​​

Program Benefits

The CEHS Institute for Intergenerational Relations supports the mutually beneficial relationship that can evolve though age-integration. Programs foster communication between generations that can facilitate physical and emotional benefits.

Community-dwelling older adults who live in communities that support intergenerational interaction are found to live longer, are in better health, and have a reduced risk of cognitive decline in comparison to older adults who are not as involved. Additionally, older adults feel an increase in emotional support and reduced isolation when interacting with others.

In schools with consistent exposure to older adults, children have higher academic performance and enhanced social skills. Youth involved in intergenerational programs are also less likely to take illegal drugs or alcohol and are less likely to skip school. They also learn about older adults and may be more inclined to consider careers in aging services.

Through increasing interaction among age groups, ageist attitudes are interrupted and a further understanding is developed. Nurturing a more positive outlook on aging is a protective factor for both youth and older adults.

Why We Need Grandpas and Grandmas

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Dr. Eileen MaloneBeach

Institute for Intergenerational Relations
Central Michigan University


Dr. Han-Jung Ko
Assistant Director
Institute for Intergenerational Relations
Central Michigan University

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