Catch up on the latest intergenerational news from around Scotland.
Ruth Maguire (MSP for Cunninghame South) recently highlighted the work of Anam Cara (a Dementia Respite Unit) in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire in the Scottish Parliament, as well as linking the organisation with Generations Working Together. Last week she helped out with the intergenerational quiz that took place in the centre.
Older volunteers are needed to help raise attainment levels in Perthshire schools as part of a new community project.
The new facility will serve 2 to 18 year olds as well as providing further education opportunities and community facilities for the town.
Impact Arts are runing Craft Café workshops in Paisley, Johnstone and Barrhead for people over the age of 60. These are relaxed, friendly and creative sessions to socialise and pick up skills from an artist-in-residence.
Join Craft Cafe as part of the Luminate Festival, celebrating arts for older people. The craft Cafe, a local art group for ages 60+ will have an open day.
Intergenerational music therapy: bridging the generational gap through community-based music making.
*Introduction* Intergenerational programming is mutually beneficial for participating generation groups. Children and older adults involved in intergenerational activities demonstrate improved attitudes toward, and interaction with the opposite age group (Belgrave, 2011; Isaki & Harmon, 2015). Older adults also demonstrate increased physical activity/function, intellectual ability, and improvements in areas related to quality of life (Sakurai et al., 2016). Despite these documented benefits, there is a large gap in intergenerational research due to a limited number of studies that examine effects across multiple domain areas, and even fewer that are music-based. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to identify the effects of an intergenerational music therapy program on children’s literacy, older adults’ physical functioning and self-worth, and interactions between the two age groups.
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