On 6th June 2017, Samvedna Care Foundation conducted a workshop on Intergenerational Bonding at the summer camp organized by Desire Society, Gurgaon, www.desiresociety.org. Desire Society is an NGO supporting HIV infected or affected children all over India.
The concept of intergenerational workshop is to connect the old and young through activities, to build a bridge among the generations and also share their experience as well as recognizing and learning about the skills and insights of younger people. Sharing their life experiences with the younger generation can help older adults feel a greater sense of fulfillment and gives them a sense of self-worth and build their self-esteem, and also guides the younger generation to the right path.
Intergenerational understanding can be promoted to bridge the generation gap and enhance generational re-engagement in the family, community and the wider society.
When we discussed the idea of joining these kids for their summer camp, our members happily came forward and showed eagerness to spend time with these kids. The day was planned with a wide variety of activities for both the generations to mingle and make it a day to remember.
Ice Breaking Activity: We started the day with a group prayer conducted by one of our members. Then a mind, body coordination activity warmed up the participants with great enthusiasm. It was fun to see all age groups participating in this.
Choosing Careers: Grandparents are likely to be important resources for the “funds of knowledge”. They shared their experiences and guided on how to achieve career goals. One of our elderly, who is a teacher by profession, spoke about the importance of education and encouraged to make education as priority. The kids listened very attentively to what was being said and were inspired to diligently pursue their career.
Hand Painting: The last activity for the morning was hand painting, where we made a tree with the imprints of hands of both the young children and the elderly. It was wonderful to see how both generations came together and completed the picture.
Bringing together generations to understand each other is very important to develop and broaden the societal aspects, where both young and old can live together with some appreciation of each other’s needs and aspirations.
We at Samvedna Care aim to help seniors live happy, active and independent lives, in the comfort of their home and community through interactive caregiving.
Samvedna Care was established in October 2013 with two complementary goals – firstly to provide quality home care services to seniors with limited mobility or dementia and hence social interaction, and secondly to facilitate stimulating community interaction and participation. All our senior care specialists are psychologists or gerontologists.
Here are some of our services –
With our General Well Being Services we aim to raise the quality of life of seniors, specially those who may have limited mobility and social interaction due to various constraints. Our interactive programme keeps them active and engaged through physical, mental and social activities, all in the comfort of their home.
More –Elder Care Services
Great Times by Samvedna is our social and recreational club in Sector 57, Gurgaon, for members 55 years and above. Its a place where members come to get fit, meet like minded people and share their life experiences and give back to the community.
Activities at the club include fitness exercises, group meditation, mind stimulation, tambola, dancing, book reviews, movies, community outreach, and talks on health management. The club has a library, computer room, visits by physiotherapists and doctors, access to board games and cards, a fully functional pantry with healthy and affordable snacks and tea and coffee on the house.
There are special discounts for group memberships. The club is open Monday-Friday, 11am to 2pm.There are special classes for yoga, smart phones, computers, spoken english, dance, music and painting. We also have Bridge mornings every Tuesday and Thursday. Call Great Times Club at 9818421446, 0124-4229659.