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The Benefits of Multigenerational Living

By April 1, 2015Aging in Place

For more and more families, the idea of multiple generations living under one roof is becoming a reality. It’s not uncommon to have grandma and grandpa living together with their grandchildren. In fact, according to a research, 57 million Americans lived in a multigenerational household in 2012. The numbers are expected to climb. Why are families moving toward this way of living as opposed to keeping everyone separate? The answer is simple. There are many benefits to multigenerational living. They are as follows:

Deepen Relationships
Not only are there physical benefits for older adults living in a multigenerational house, but there are also emotional benefits for everyone living in a multigenerational house. Family ties are some of the strongest bonds when it comes to human relationships. Unfortunately, not every child gets to see their grandparents as often as they should, especially if they’re living in an assisted living community. However, through multigenerational living, the older adults can provide the emotional support and advice, while the children provide that wonderful level of innocence and care-free spirit that we all love and enjoy. It’s a wonderful mutual relationship that benefits everyone.

Peace of Mind
Another important benefit of multigenerational living is having the peace of mind knowing where your loved one is and how they’re being treated. You don’t have to play a guessing game when it comes to their care. Plus, you won’t have to worry about their finances. If your elderly loved one has trouble keeping up with bills, it’s much more easier to have everything sent to the same place in order to keep everything aligned. Not to mention, your parents will have a reduction in loneliness, and according to a 2014 study published by the University of Chicago, loneliness and depression can increase an older person’s chances of premature death.

More Vigor
Sometimes the best way to obtain more energy is to absorb it from around you. When living in a multigenerational house, there are always activities and events going on. There’s no better way to keep your older parents active than by having multiple activities going on all at once. Soccer practice, rehearsals, attending church functions these can all add up to a hectic lifestyle, but with multiple generations living in the same house, the workload can be shared. It’ll help the older generation remain active and keep that vigor up!

It’s no surprise that multigenerational living is becoming the growing trend. It offers plenty of benefits for each generation living under the same roof. Kids get the joy of living with grandma and grandpa, as well as all the wisdom that comes along with them, mom and dad can sleep well at night knowing that their loved ones are safe and well cared for, and the oldest generation gets the joy of being surrounded by younger folk, absorbing that liveliness and vigor from the children.

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