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Oct 24, 2016

By:  Glenn Martin

Family-Friendly Trick-or-Treating at Oak Pointe of Warrenton

Though Halloween’s origins are humble, it has grown to become the second-largest holiday in the United States, with over $6-billion dollars in Halloween sales in 2015.

dreamstime_xxl_76256744For decades, Halloween trick-or-treating came in the form of visiting neighborhood houses for candy but recently there has been a trend of schools, churches and other organizations offering alternatives to trick-or-treating.

These harvest festivals, fall carnivals and trunk-or-treat events provide a safe place for families to enjoy the holiday without the worry of walking dark streets in unfamiliar neighborhoods.

Oak Pointe of Warrenton will be hosting our annual Trick-or-Treat event on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. It’s not only a great opportunity to enjoy Halloween in a safe, warm and dry environment, but it’s a wonderful way to bring children and seniors together for an evening of intergenerational fun.

Bringing Generations Together to Learn and Explore

At Oak Pointe, we plan year-round activities and events that include children from the Warrenton community and the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of our residents.

dreamstime_xxl_59399825The Healthy Aging Partnership, a non-profit organization created to promote health and wellbeing for older adults, reports that intergenerational activities are an important component necessary for the health and wellbeing of seniors. These exchanges benefit seniors by allowing them to see the world through the eyes of youth, stimulating excitement and wonder while simultaneously decreasing feelings of isolation and boredom.

Children also benefit from these interactions. They often come to view their new senior friends as role models and mentors, or even “second grandparents”.

Generations United, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and older adults provides a number of benefits and statistics that highlight the significance of intergenerational programming:

  • Older adults who regularly volunteer with children burn 20% more calories per week, experience fewer falls, are less reliant on canes, and perform better on memory tests than their peers.
  • Older adults with dementia and other cognitive impairments experience more positive effects during interactions with children than they do during non-intergenerational activities.
  • Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop social networks, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, positive attitudes toward aging, a sense of purpose and community service.
  • Children and youth gain positive role models with whom they can interact on a regular basis.
  • Intergenerational programs promote the transmission of cultural traditions and values from older to younger generations, helping to build a sense of personal and societal identity while encouraging tolerance.

Celebrate Oak Pointe’s Annual Trick-or-Treat Event

halloween-4-1443472We invite families and children of all ages to join Oak Point of Warrenton at our annual Trick or Treat event. You are invited to dress in your Halloween best and trick-or-treat through our community. The first 100 guests will receive a free tote bag!

To RSVP you can visit our website, or contact Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Warrenton: 636-456-6464.

We’re looking forward to answering your questions, just let us know the best way to reach you.

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Provision Living Senior Communities
1630 Des Peres Road, Ste 310
St. Louis, MO 63131
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