Tips to Enjoy a Skip-Gen Getaway

November 18, 2019

Skip-gen travel refers to grandparents taking the grandkids on a vacation. Learn how to plan a getaway with the younger generation of your family.

The holidays can be a great time to try a new trend: a skip-gen getaway. This phrase describes grandparents and their grandchildren vacationing together.

As people enjoy longer, healthier lives, it’s increasingly common for grandparents to be involved with their grandchildren’s daily activities. More and more, that includes traveling.

If you haven’t yet embarked on a vacation with your grandkids, we have a few tips to help you get started.

How to Organize a Skip-Gen Vacation with Your Grandkids

  • Be realistic.

You might want to start with a short vacation close to your grandchildren’s home. A long weekend or a few days during their holiday break could work. If you haven’t done this before, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can easily return the kids to their mom and dad if they get too homesick.

  • Decide between plane, train, or automobile.

Car travel is often easier and less expensive than air travel when several generations are involved. It can also be easier to coordinate. Another avenue to consider is train travel. Short overnight train trips where you spend a night or two in a sleeper car might seem like a grand adventure to kids.

  • Think beyond Disney.

While it’s tempting to head to a Disney theme park, other destinations can be fun and less crowded during the holidays. Explore opportunities in the towns and cities near you.

Natural history museums can be fun for kids of all ages. They are typically home to dinosaurs, mummies, sharks, and other kid-enticing exhibits.

  • Find kid-friendly lodging.

Take your time exploring hotels and reading reviews. Be sure to book a kid-friendly option! An on-site restaurant, indoor pool, or game room can make even a rainy day more fun.

You also won’t want to worry about the grandkids making too much noise at hotels more accustomed to business travelers than families. This list of 17 kid-friendly hotels from a U.S. News survey of travel advisors might help.

  • Explore restaurants and ice cream shops online.

Before you leave home, surf the internet for family-friendly restaurants and ice cream shops with good reviews. Having a list of places to eat with kid-friendly atmospheres can help you stay on budget while enjoying yourselves.

  • Let the grandkids help.

Another way to make the trip more meaningful is to involve your grandchildren in the planning. This can even be done long distance if you don’t live close to one another. For example, you could come up with a list of destinations and let them pick their favorite.

The bottom line is with careful planning, you can enjoy skip-gen adventures and make memories to cherish for years to come.

Intergenerational Activities at Legacy Communities

At Legacy Senior Living, we understand the importance of intergenerational bonds. From scouting troop visits during the holidays to family nights, you’ll find a variety of intergenerational life enrichment activities in our communities.

If you’ve been considering a move to an independent or assisted living community, we invite you to call the Legacy community nearest you. We’ll be happy to schedule a personal tour!

How Senior Mentors Benefit from Helping Others

March 18, 2019

Senior mentor programs benefit older adults and the younger generation alike. Learn more about mentoring programs and how to connect with one near you.

Retirement is a time in life when older adults are typically free to recreate themselves. Some pursue a new hobby or even launch a new business. Others find themselves immersed in volunteering their time to a cause they believe in. Many times, this includes organizations that work with children or young adults. Senior mentors are one example.

Mentors are older adults who share their talent with the younger generation for an extended period of time. Senior mentors have been particularly active as tutors for school-aged children and guiding young adults in career advancement.

Here are a few ways senior mentor programs can make a positive difference in the lives of both generations.

4 Benefits of Senior Mentorship Programs

  1. Reduce loneliness: Loneliness and isolation are all too common among older adults. Mentor programs give seniors an opportunity to connect with others in productive ways. But older adults aren’t the only ones who experience loneliness. Children and young adults may also struggle with it, especially if they don’t have strong family ties. Senior mentors can help the younger generation feel comfortable with elders and develop healthier attitudes about aging while also providing companionship.
  2. Reduce ageism: It’s common for people to socialize within their own age group. Parents develop friendships with parents their children play with. Young adults hang out with school friends. Seniors spend time with people who belong to their retiree groups. This form of segregation can lead to generational stereotypes. Senior mentorship programs cross age boundaries and help the generations learn to appreciate each other in new ways. This can help to reduce ageism.
  3. Opportunity to learn: Another advantage to intergenerational relationships is the mutual learning opportunities they create. Seniors have wisdom that comes from life experience. Mentor programs allow them to share that knowledge with children and young adults. Seniors can also learn from younger generations. Whether it is teaching a senior to master technology or how to use social media, kids have knowledge to share too.
  4. Builds community: Intergenerational mentoring programs can help improve entire communities. They promote cohesion, save taxpayers money, and build bridges across generations. All of these benefits help to create healthy, thriving communities.

How to Find a Senior Mentor Program

Various mentoring programs around the country give people the opportunity to connect with other generations.

Life Enrichment at Legacy Senior Living Communities

At Legacy Senior Living communities, you will find an abundance of life enrichment opportunities. From activities and workshops to volunteer programs, residents have all the support they need to live a meaningful, engaged life. We invite you to schedule a tour of the community nearest you to learn more!