Eskaton Kids Connection Combats Loneliness by Introducing Elementary Students to Seniors
“When a child walks into a room with older adults, the smiles are heartfelt.”
December 13, 2017
Isolation and loneliness contribute to many illnesses, such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia. According to Medical News Today, loneliness can alter immune system cells in a way that increases susceptibility to illness and premature death. To combat this, Eskaton, a non-profit community-based organization serving seniors in the Northern California, created its Kids Connection program.
The innovative program partners residents at all 27 Eskaton communities with local elementary schools. Creating long-lasting intergenerational friendships is proven to reduce loneliness. “When a child walks into a room with older adults, the smiles are heartfelt,” said Adam Hill, Eskaton Kids Connection program manager who facilitates relationship building through all levels of care including skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care. Read More.