Generativity: Establishing and Nurturing the Next Generation
Authors: Cheryl Ching Ling Lim, Caymania Lay Teng Low, Hia Soo Boon, Thang Leng Leng, Thian Ai Ling
Source: Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Jul2019, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p368 – 379.
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Health promotion, Life skills, Parent-child relationships, Human services programs, Singapore, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians), Elder care, Intergenerational relations, Mental health, Well-being, Old age
Keywords: Intergenerational programming, Dementia, Senior care, Singapore, Pilot, Generativity, Retrogenesis
Ongoing engagement with society and having a supportive environment are important protective factors for our mental wellbeing. Through meaningful engagement with children, seniors feel valued, empowered, and have a renewed sense of purpose. This is a health-promoting measure in enhancing and maintaining senior’s functional abilities and wellbeing. To support an ongoing engagement, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Health’s Silver Circle Senior Care Centre (SCC) and a co-located childcare (My First Skool) in Singapore jointly developed and piloted an intergenerational (IG) collaboration programme. This paper describes the development, interventions and lessons learned from a senior care perspective.