Over the past year, as we’ve talked about our efforts to help people create intergenerational opportunities, people often say that our work is “so nice”. However, we’ve come to realize that not only is this work “nice”, it is necessary.
Our world is aging. According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, there will be more adults over the age of 65 then children under the age of 15. Meanwhile, there are many changes happening in our society which have diminished the quantity and quality of informal intergenerational relationships between family, friends and community members.
We believe that each of us needs to conscientiously look for opportunities to reach out to people in different generations. Some of the societal changes that are happening and the rationale for why we “need” intergenerational programs is outlined in this article we’ve written: Why We Need Intergenerational Programs.