How many seniors does it take to change a light bulb? It only takes one, but it can be a lot more rewarding if it takes two a senior and a youth, a grandparent and a grandchild, an acorn and an oak.
An acorn and an oak? Thats a new one, at least for me.
I found this article in the Creston News Advertiser and while it doesnt say anything refreshingly new about intergenerational dynamics, its heart is in the right place and I couldnt resist sharing it.
Intergenerational activities increase cooperation, interaction and exchange between people of different generations, according to the article, which cites Generations United, the countrys only membership organization promoting intergenerational public policies, strategies and programs.
The article suggests environmental activities to bridge generations that are geared towards children and older folks not exactly our Accounting Tomorrow audience but relevant just the same. These activities can be recycling newspapers, cans and glass; planting flowers, trees or shrubs; purchasing or making a reusable cloth bag to hold purchases while shopping; or changing out incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
For youth and children, activities together can enhance social skills, improve academic performance, decrease drug use and increase stability, according the article. For older adults these activities can enhance socialization, stimulate learning, increase emotional support and improve health.
And heres the kicker:
When the two generations team up to help the environment, its a win win for everyone (insert the collective awwww here). Young and old can gain a greater sense not only about how the environment is relevant and of vital importance to their well-being, but also how it contributes to the well-being of their family, community and world.