T ravel around the periphery of any British town or city, and you will quickly behold a symbol of one of the most painful modern divides. The average residential care home will be set well back from the road, seemingly silent and apparently cut off from most of the life of the surrounding community. When people who know nothing of those inside glimpse such sights, what passes through their minds? Empathy, perhaps, with a family member living in such a facility; mounting awareness, maybe, of the rising care crisis and our collective failure to solve it. But what such sights could also embody is the widening divide between generations, and people leading completely separate lives. Generation gaps are hardly new, but right now age arguably separates us as never before. The difference between the generations on Brexit is so familiar as to be a cliche, and the same division seems locked into politics generally. The Johnson-Corbyn contest, by contrast , polarised the generations as never before.
The benefits of intergenerational connections
What Happens When Old and Young Connect
This year, for the first time ever, there are more people over 60 in the U. That milestone has brought with it little celebration. Indeed, there are abundant concerns that America will soon be awash in a gray wave, spelling increased health care costs for an aging population, greater housing and transportation needs, and fewer young workers contributing to Social Security. As I recount in my new book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations , when younger and older connect, the intergenerational relationships built are a route to success in early life and a key to happiness and well-being in our later years.
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