Intergeneration Month - September
Sun, Sep 1, 2024

Intergeneration Month

Intergeneration Month is an event created by specialists from the Intergenerational Relations Foundation. It is held throughout September to teach people of different ages how to get along with each other, make friends, and communicate. Large American organizations, such as the Association of Libraries and the Association of Museums, participate in the activities.

History

The concept of friendship between generations was first discussed in 1987 with the founding of the Fountain Institute, a non-profit organization that studies the issues arising between generations. The research demonstrated the importance and relevance of this topic, as often younger and older generations struggle to understand each other. Initially, America celebrated Generations Day, but surveys indicated that one day was not sufficient to establish good relationships. Thus, in 2000, the decision was made to establish Intergeneration Month.

How to communicate with representatives of different generations

  • Understand that representatives of different generations perceive communication differently. Young people often prefer social networks and gadgets, while the older generation values face-to-face interaction. Finding a compromise is essential.
  • Try to create a relaxing atmosphere, share a funny story, or enjoy a casual drink together.
  • Listen attentively—this shows care and builds trust. Older generations often have valuable experience and knowledge to share.
  • Find a common interest or hobby and engage in activities together. This helps in getting to know each other better.

How to join Intergeneration Month

Volunteer at a local nursing home to show care and attention to those who often need it the most. Contact the administration of a nearby facility to find out what help is needed and how you can contribute. Also, make sure to call your parents or grandparents; talk to them, propose to spend time together, or organize a joint dinner.

When is Intergeneration Month celebrated in 2024?

Intergeneration Month is observed on September 1 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday September 1 2024
Monday September 1 2025
Tuesday September 1 2026
Wednesday September 1 2027
Friday September 1 2028
Saturday September 1 2029