Filling the gap: intergenerational activities and their importance to nursing.

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Jacqueline K. Debrew, Clinical Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: My 4-year-old daughter's preschool class recently formed a relationship with the participants of a local adult daycare center. Once a month, the preschoolers walk to the nearby center for some type of activity with the older adults: sharing stories, songs, Bingo games, or whatever seems appropriate for the theme of the month. This arrangement seems to be "win-win" for both the children and the older adults, as shown by the responses of the participants. As I experience this intergenerational activity through my daughter, I wonder why these experiences are so important to the participants. As a nurse, I also wonder why nursing, a profession that cares for people across the life span, has really not grasped intergenerational programming as a way to provide holistic care. And, if nurses were to embrace this thinking, how could intergenerational activities be implemented into the care of patients and families?

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Language: English
Date: 2003
intergenerational programs, nursing, holistic care, intergenerational activities, nursing patients

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