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, take part in the activities.
Friendship between generations was talked about for the first time in 1987, when the Fountain Institute was founded, a non-profit organization that studies the problems that arise between generations. The results showed this topic is important and relevant, because often the younger generation and older people do not understand each other. Initially, America celebrated Generations Day, but the survey showed that this was not enough to establish good relationships. Therefore, in 2000, the decision was made to found Intergeneration Month.
How to communicate with representatives of different generations
- First, it is necessary to understand that representatives of different generations perceive communication differently. Young people prefer social networks and gadgets, while the older generation loves live communication. Therefore, a compromise must be found.
- Try to create a relaxing atmosphere, tell a funny story, or have a beer.
- Listen carefully – this is how you show attention and care, inspiring confidence in the speaker. People of the older generation have something to share – their experience and knowledge.
- Find a common interest or hobby – do something together. It allows you to get to know each other better.
How to join Intergeneration Month
Become a volunteer in a nursing home. Here you can show your care and attention, because people in such institutions need it. There is probably a nursing home in your area; contact the administration and find out what help is needed and how you can help. Be sure to call your parents or grandparents. Talk to them, offer to spend time together, organize a joint dinner.
When is Intergeneration Month celebrated in 2023?
Intergeneration Month is observed on September 1 each year.