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Our Favorite Intergenerational Activities for Seniors

An active and healthy senior couple while hiking together through a forest in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Intergenerational activities bring together individuals of different age groups, such as seniors and children or young adults, to engage in shared experiences that promote mutual understanding, learning, and social interaction. These activities are not only enjoyable but also offer numerous benefits for seniors, including improved mental and emotional well-being. 

Here’s a list of some of our favorite intergenerational activities for seniors, many of which can happen right here at our beautiful Monarch Landing community.

Storytelling and Reading

Encourage children or young adults to read stories to seniors or listen to seniors’ life stories. Sharing personal experiences and enjoying literature together can be a heartwarming and educational activity. 

You can also create a project where seniors and younger individuals interview each other, sharing their life experiences, values, and dreams. There are great tools like Storyworth to help document special stories and create special keepsakes.

Arts and Crafts

Create art projects that both generations can work on together. Whether it’s painting, drawing, knitting, or other crafts, these activities foster creativity and bonding.


Gardening is a therapeutic and educational activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Seniors can share their knowledge of gardening with children or young adults while working together in the garden.

Cooking and Baking

Cooking and baking sessions can be a wonderful way to share family recipes and culinary traditions. Seniors can pass down cooking skills, and everyone can enjoy the delicious results.

You can also work together to create a family cookbook to document all your treasured recipes. 


Grandpa learning his grandson to play guitar in close up.


Music and Singing

Music is a universal language. Singalongs, musical performances, or teaching each other songs can be a joyful and engaging intergenerational activity.

If a family member or friend plays a musical instrument like piano or guitar, be sure to employ them to help get others engaged in the gift of song.

Games and Puzzles

Board games, card games, and puzzles offer opportunities for both generations to strategize, problem-solve, and have fun together.

For seniors, there are numerous benefits for memory that come from doing puzzles and word games, so the perks of this intergenerational activity are many!

Technological Assistance

Younger generations can help seniors learn how to use smartphones, tablets, or computers. Seniors can share their wisdom, and the younger generation can offer tech support.

Outdoor Activities

Enjoy the outdoors with activities like nature walks, birdwatching, or picnics. These activities promote physical activity and appreciation for nature.

For seniors that are interested in more athletic activities, try some of our favorite sports for seniors alongside a child or grandchild.

Volunteer Work

Collaborate on volunteer projects, such as participating in community service, charity events, or helping local organizations. Giving back to the community together can be a rewarding experience.

Holiday Celebrations

Celebrate holidays together, sharing traditions and customs. Whether it’s decorating for holidays, preparing special meals, or participating in cultural festivities, these events can create lasting memories.

Be sure to check out the programming offered at the community, as we love when friends and family join residents for celebrations.

Pen Pals or Email Buddies

Pair seniors with younger individuals for regular correspondence, either through traditional letters or email. This fosters ongoing connections and the sharing of life updates. 

There are a variety of pen pal programs offered online as well, which allow for the creation of new connections. 

Intergenerational activities are beneficial for both seniors and younger generations. They bridge generation gaps, combat loneliness and isolation, offer opportunities for teaching and learning, and create lasting bonds among participants. The key is to ensure that the activities are inclusive, adaptable, and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Stay Connected at Monarch Landing

At Monarch Landing, we believe in connecting generations and building relationships. If you’re interested in learning more about our welcoming and engaging community, give us a call at 630-300-1300