“Somehow we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, a knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future.” – Margaret Mead
Andrus-on-Hudson is a residential senior center located on 26 acres and was formerly an estate and elite restaurant. It is now a stop on Hastings’ Museum in the Streets. Andrus-on-Hudson presently offers different forms of care to the residents and the Department of Community Life organizes an abundance of activities.
Intergenerational programming is an important component of life at Little Leaf. The children bring life to Andrus-on-Hudson and the elders have much to offer the children. Residents are invited to sit in Fish Pool Garden during free play. Some may be accompanied by Andrus-on-Hudson employees if assistance is needed. Our projects are shared and a mingling of generations occurs over painting, baking and singing. When able, some join for outdoor walks.
At Andrus on Hudson, we have recognized the benefits of Intergenerational Programs for a long time. For the past three years Babies & Grands Music classes have been held here. We also offer volunteer opportunities and internships to young people including those at Greenburgh Northcastle School. The benefits to our seniors include improved health, increased connectedness and less isolation, and enhanced feelings of self-worth. The benefits to youth include increased self-esteem and self-worth, improved behavior, appreciation for older people, and an enhanced sense of belonging in their communities. There are also benefits to the community including enhanced awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage and traditions, increased collaboration between local organizations, and more vibrant and cohesive communities.