In recent decades, society has become segregated by age with age-segregated schools, parental work obligations and senior housing developments. The barriers between generations have robbed every age group of the benefits of inter-generational interaction. Unless we take steps to strengthen the links, the new ways people communicate will widen the gap irretrievably.
These are critical years. We’re losing one of our richest, most meaningful natural resources – the wisdom of seniors who fought in the war, dug deeply into life through the depression years and experienced the transition from horse and buggy days to our wired world. The wisdom of our elders are the wells from which we draw understanding, knowledge and warnings against repeating the evil elements of history.
Pairing seniors and youth for a mutual exchange of insights can be an enriching experience for both:
While individulas can get together on their own, or the project can be used in churches or other groups to bridge generation gaps, many schools recognize the project for the application of Student Community Service Volunteering hours.
For family use, the My Life Legacy Journals make a great tool for improving the quality of grandchild-grandparent visits.