S.A.G.E. – Bridging the Gap Between Generations

  Written by Beryl Katz, the following article describes a nonprofit program the author was instrumental in helping develop that helps connect older adults with school-aged children. This article has been lightly edited for brevity and requirements for our site.  Twenty-one years ago, as a parent at a school board meeting, I saw two distinct groups of people: parents who wanted the best education for their children and older adults who did not want higher taxes. As a  mother, a former English teacher, and taxpayer, I sat there an idea began forming in my mind. Why not bring in older community members as volunteers making them…

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Age Separation: Volunteering Can Bridge the Gap

For the first time in U.S. history, people sixty and over now outnumber those 18 and younger. Yet we still live in a youth-centric culture that reinforces the separation of people based on age. Separation in the Workplace, in Our Neighborhoods and in Schools  Research suggests that workers over fifty have more than a 50% chance of being pushed out of their jobs before they are ready to leave. Hiring language like “energetic” and “enthusiastic” signal that certain workplaces belong to the young. Neighborhoods tend to be separated by age with “six in 10 leaning either young or old.”  We…

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Beyond Stereotypical Assumptions

This summer, my husband and I had the opportunity to spend individual time with three of our grandsons. Each boy stayed with us for a couple of activity-filled days. Our special guests were 7, 9, and 9; yes, the last two grandchildren to visit are twins. When one of our neighbors asked the last to visit if he was an identical twin, he said, “We aren’t identical. In fact, we couldn’t be more different.” His point applies to everyone: See each of us as the unique individuals we really are; don’t make stereotypical assumptions. Each Younger Person is a Unique…

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