Giles Health & Family Center is a leader in excellent intergenerational care. In 2010, Giles Health & Family Center received the MetLife Foundation/Generations United Intergenerational Shared Site Excellence Award. This award is given to intergenerational shared sites where children, youth and older adults receive services at the same facility. These programs focus on building relationships between the generations through planned activities, as well as unplanned encounters.
Generations United honors organizations that are demonstrating exemplary practices. They award champions of best practices in intergenerational programs while raising the visibility or these important services and encouraging the development of new models.
Research has found that children who participate in intergenerational programming benefit in the following ways:
- Friendship on a continual basis
- Better social skills
- Individual time and attention
- Development of a positive attitude toward aging
- Opportunity to serve others
- Improved visual, auditory and tactile experiences