Connecting generations is the focus of the collaboration between the Bangalow Children’s Centre and the Possum Creek Conscious Elders (PCCE) for the village picnic in Bangalow this Sunday at Bangalow Parklands between 9am and 1pm.
‘We are a group of older community members, Possum Creek Conscious Elders, who are collaborating with the Bangalow Children’s Centre at the village picnic in a practical initiative to connect all generations to support families and other community members to enrich each others lives,’ say the PCCE group.
Everyone in the community is welcome to bring a picnic and join in the experience and they can also enjoy the musicians from the Youth Activity Centre who will be playing. If putting together a picnic just seems too much there will be a gourmet barbecue at the park or you can pick up a pre-made picnic on the day.
According to the work of Dr Robert Waldinger, psychiatrist at the Harvard Medical School and director of the longitudinal Harvard Study of Adult Development as people age, close ties help sustain vitality and happiness and forestall decline.
Dr George Valiant who lead the study for forty years stated in his book Ageing Well that middle aged and older people who invested in the well being of the next generation were three times as likely to be happy as those who didn’t make such an effort. They also lived longer.
‘With the challenges of modern life things are changing a lot, and we are conscious that because of work pressures and mobility issues, many people simply don’t have supportive family structures any more,’ say the PCCE.
‘We get feedback from both families that they would like more support, and also older community members who want to contribute more, perhaps helping families who are raising children.
‘We see this is an investment in community capital.’