The carnival is just one example of the intergenerational activities that take place between the Child Development Center and the residents at Willson House. Studies show that both the children and the older adults benefit so much from this type of program. The concept of inter-generational care is founded on the belief that intentionally bringing the generations together benefits both. This model of care for seniors and children was popularized in the 1990s and has been growing ever since. Our facility was founded in 1985 as the first intergenerational facility in the State of Oregon and became one of the pilot programs for this model across the country.
At Willson House Child Development Center, you will find children and seniors interacting daily. Children and seniors will be together singing songs, telling stories, making crafts or participating in annual events like our Tea Party or Carnival. Seniors also frequent our classrooms to say hello, lead projects, or serve as volunteers. No matter what the interaction may be, the young and young at heart will be learning and growing, together.