It can be challenging for individuals from different generations to connect. Due to the rapid changes in society and technology, being born at different times can lead to vastly different opinions in beliefs, interests, hobbies, values, and more. Even though it may be a struggle, helping the older generation connect with the younger generation can bring about many benefits. As different as they might be, they can bring different insights and value to each other.
Many individuals from the older generation experience isolation and loneliness from not being able to connect with the younger generation of the society, or even younger family members. This can lead to depression and social exclusion, making it difficult for them to maintain emotional wellness in their golden years. Helping the older and younger generation connect with each other can not only provide companionship and a sense of belonging but there is also plenty of opportunities to learn from each other. The younger generation provides innovation, as well as knowledge of modern society and technology. On the other hand, the older generation has hard-earned years of wisdom and skills to share. Helping them to connect with each other can also strengthen family and community bonds while developing compassion in our youths as they are being exposed to the aging process.
How the Older and Younger Generation can Connect
Many volunteering programs welcome older and younger volunteers, such as libraries, preschools, child care programs, clubs, or religious programs. Volunteering gives both the older and younger generation an opportunity to interact with each other, while doing something meaningful together. The older generation can reach out to local schools to ask how they can help, while the younger generation can do the same by reaching out to retirement communities.
Individuals from the older generation have priceless wisdom and stories to share about their lives, in regards to their career, love, or families. They might also have experiences of major events to share, such as The Great Depression, World War II, and more. The older generation can share their stories with the younger generation through writing, recording, or transcription, which younger individuals can help with.
Many young individuals are extremely tech-savvy and are experts at using various software, such as video-calling applications or social media platforms. Youths can teach their older friends how to use a computer to have conversations with others. Some schools also support virtual pen pal relationships between older individuals and their students.
Connect with Others and Stay Active at Aston Gardens At The Courtyards
Being socially active in your golden years can help improve your emotional wellness, and help you feel a sense of belonging. Aston Gardens At The Courtyards is a close-knit retirement community that takes pride in our residents’ happiness and wellbeing. We can help you stay active through our exclusive senior living programs. These programs, including community events, wellness programs, outings and recreational opportunities, encourage social interactions between residents and our team members.