Older Adults and Youngsters Team Up

Pairs of seniors and youngsters bonded and bridged the generation gap as they competed in the 11th annual South Bay Intergenerational Games today at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

More than 60 third-graders from Cook Elementary School joined an equal number of older adult volunteers to share a day of learning about one another as they worked together on various physical challenges and activities.

“This was a great event where older adults and young people learned from each other in the most inspirational ways,” said Chairman Greg Cox, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “This is another example of how the County and its community partners are working together to benefit the community as part of our Live Well, San Diego! initiative.”

In 2010, the County of San Diego launched Live Well, San Diego!, a 10-year initiative to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents.

“Intergenerational games are a win-win for everyone who participates,” said Nick Macchione, Director of the County Health and Human Services Agency. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for seniors to be involved with our youth, enjoying an active morning of friendly competition and fun.”

The goal of the games is to bring young and old together to promote healthy, active lifestyles. Teams earn points through a number of physical and mental challenges, including a soccer ball kick, Ultimate Frisbee and the mystery fruit/vegetable game. Medals are awarded to all participants.

This event is put on by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, Chula Vista Elementary School District, City of Chula Vista, South County Action Network and South County YMCA. Sponsors include AARP, Health Net of California, Kaiser Permanente and Xtreme Care Ambulance.

Tom Christensen is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact