More Intergenerational Interaction?

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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San Francisco Explorers are asked for ideas about how to promote interactions between the generations. Steve speaks of efforts by San Francisco Village members to make such opportunities through intergenerational dance groups and story telling. Others agree that it is good to know the younger people's point of view.

Louise tells the group about what she calls her weekly 'Happy Hour' call - or 'Game Night' with former work colleagues. As a basis for the calls,  the topics change from week to week. Examples include 'What's the best music of a particular decade?', or 'What were the best TV shows by decade?', etc. The phone gatherings are jovial, casual and fun to do.

In families, multigenerational projects can allow the youth to introduce useful tech to their elders. Or each participant may bring a question for the other generation to answer. Some members think that such an approach is better when not done within the family. Neutral ground topics can help understanding about how another generation thinks. When a reservoir of good will has been created, it is easier to get into the more difficult topics.

The group agrees that games and contests are a nice format, giving all something to prepare and anticipate, and something in which everyone can engage. It is a way to older adults to keep informed, stay current, and learn from younger people.




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Key words: 
intergenerational contact, generations, multi generational living