Intergenerational projects provide so many benefits to participants and organizers that advocates for shared spaces wanted to find out why there weren’t more available in the United States. A report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation examines some of challenges that could be inhibiting growth of such projects and venues and makes four recommendations.
- Raise awareness of the benefits of intergenerational interaction
- Encourage funding for these types of projects
- Coordinate nationally to measure impact
- Connect people working in this field with each other
You can download the full report, read more and listen to a podcast from this online page.
I found this report from the UK’s Centre for Better Ageing really interesting! An old age problem? How society shapes and reinforces negative attitudes to ageing.
In examining the most common words and phrases used to describe seniors, the Centre found predominantly negative associations. As well as destructive associations linked to portrayals of older adults as causes of crises in health and social care and pension funds, the unhelpful construction of competition between boomers and millenials adds to the overall perception of aging as something to be avoided or ignored. Which is not possible.
This helped me as a reminder to more carefully weigh my words and continue to work on my goal of finding more positive ways of speaking and communicating. We can always disagree respectfully as well as discuss difficult topics in a constructive manner and is probably something most of us are always working on! So many parts of life are works in progress!
More information on the research and the full report is available online here.
To add a bit of fun and inspiration to your day, read through the AARP Minnesota 50 Over 50 list and Slate magazine’s 80 Over 80 celebration of the influence of seniors on every aspect of our lives.