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Welcome to the Intergenerational Learning Center, a preschool and nursing home rolled into one.

An older resident helps a little boy button his jacket. All images via "Present Perfect."


What if you could take all the best things about kids — like their honesty, energy, or optimism — and all the best things about seniors — their stories, patience, and worldly wisdom — and put all that magic in the same room?

That's exactly the thinking behind the Intergenerational Learning Center in Seattle, Washington.

The ILC sits inside Providence Mount St. Vincent, which is home to over 400 permanent senior citizen residents. In addition to the seniors, 125 young children attend preschool there, their days filled with art classes, music, and more.

What's makes the ILC different is that a few times a day, the seniors and the kids get together for joint exercise, storytelling sessions, lunch, and more.

And the results are absolutely amazing. For everyone.

Spending time with kids is great for seniors physically and mentally.

The seniors and kids interact every day, whether they're exercising, doing crafts, or just hanging out.

Long-term senior care can sometimes be pretty bleak. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, which can lead to high levels of depression. A 2009 study estimated as many as about 28% of seniors in nursing homes take antidepressants for either major or minor depression.

Intergenerational-care groups have found that older adults who are able to spend time with children enjoy better emotional, mental, and physical health. Some say that those seniors wind up burning more calories and performing better on memory function tests when they spend time with children, too.

Putting aside the science and the research mumbo jumbo, you can see all you need to see in these seniors' smiles.

You're never too old to enjoy the parachute game.

Being around seniors is good for the kids, too.

Coloring! We told you it was the best.

It's great that this program is a positive thing for Providence Mount St. Vincent's seniors, but if it weren't a good thing for the children, too, the program wouldn't have lasted long.

And that's where the beauty of the ILC really lies.

While the kids are dancing, playing, or even just talking with the seniors, they're learning things like patience and acceptance. Some research actually shows that children in programs like this one go on to show better academic performance and stronger social maturity later on in life.

The seniors are good companions, and they're great at silly hand games, too.

Again, though, if we look beyond the research and the developmental advantages, we see these natural, intergenerational friendships just make sense.

The ILC isn't the only program in the country that's finding new ways for different generations to learn from each other.

Seattle's Intergenerational Learning Center was the subject of a recent documentary called "Present Perfect," which is getting a lot of attention. In the years since the ILC opened in 1991, roughly 500 programs like it have popped up all over the country.

Hopefully, with the film's release slated for sometime next year, we'll see even more support for this innovative approach to education and healthcare.

Images provided by Pacifico

Making waves in the best way

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At last, summer is here. And for many people, that means it's time for heading to the beach and maybe even catching some waves. Surfing is a quintessential summertime activity for those who live in coastal communities—it’s not only really fun and challenging, it’s also a great way to celebrate Mother Nature’s beauty. Even after a wipeout, the cool water mixed with warm sunshine offers a certain kind of euphoria. Or, you know, just hanging back on the sand is plenty fun too. Simply being outdoors near the ocean is its own reward.

pacifico quiksilver beach cleanupLet’s protect the places where outdoor adventure happensAll photos provided by Pacifico

However, it's well known that our beautiful beaches are suffering the consequences of overcrowding, pollution and littering. What was once a way of playing in nature is now slowly destroying it. And of course, this affects beachgoers everywhere. The sad truth is—without taking action to preserve all the natural joys the earth provides, we will eventually lose them.

But there is hope. Two popular brands that both have roots in surf culture have teamed up to help make trips to the beach a more sustainable pastime. The best part? You don’t have to know how to hang ten in order to participate.

Pacifico®, a pilsner-style lager originally brought to the U.S. by surfers, and Quiksilver, an iconic apparel company loved by both surfers and beach goers alike, have created a brand-new range of clothing and accessories with sustainability in mind.

Take a look below. These threads are great for all kinds of fun in the sun, without compromising the environment.

pacifico quicksilver beach cleanupsReady to make some waves

The collection launches on July 5 and includes tees and woven shirts, boardshorts, hats, flip-flops and a special beach towel and tote bag. The unique collaboration features the vibrant, colorful designs that are the hallmark of Quiksilver combined with Pacifico elements, created to make a positive impact.

Each item has been thoughtfully curated to minimize an environmental footprint and protect the outdoors. The hats, for example, are made from NetPlus® by Bureo®, a raw material created from South American recycled fishing nets. Additionally, the board shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles, and tees are made with 100% organic cotton. Pretty rad stuff, to put it in surfer lingo.

The prices on these pieces are equally rad, ranging from $28 flip-flops to $60 boardshorts.

In keeping with the sustainable ethos and protecting the places we play, Pacifico and Quiksilver will celebrate the products’ launch by hosting two beach cleanups. The first is on July 5 at Sunset Point in Malibu, California, from 4-5:30pm, and the second is on July 9th at Deerfield Beach in Florida from 8:30 – 10:30am.

pacifico quicksilver clothing lineCleaning up and looking good while doing it

Theses beach cleanups are open to anyone over the age of 21 who’s ready to have some fun while taking care of nature’s playground.

Those who can’t make it to the beach (bummer, dude) don’t have to miss out on all the fun. The new collection will be available on July 5th at www.quiksilver.com/mens-collab-pacifico. And even if you don’t surf, never plan to surf, have no desire to even be near a surfboard, rest assured, the apparel is still cool. Plus sustainable choices are always good fashion.

Our planet provides us with an endless supply of beauty and adventure. But without more mindful actions from humanity, its natural wonders will eventually diminish. Fortunately Pacifico and Quiksilver are making it easier than ever for people to enjoy the great outdoors without jeopardizing it. That’s a wave worth riding.

This article originally appeared on 09.06.17


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