Connecting Generations: Integrating Aging Education and Intergenerational Programming in Grades 2-8

Connecting Generations: Integrating Aging Education and Intergenerational Programming in Grades 2-8

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Connecting Generations: Integrating Aging Education and Intergenerational Programming in Grades 2-8 by Barbara M. Friedman

The fastest growing segment of American society is comprised of older adults, especially the over-85 age group. With the movement toward early retirement, older adults find themselves with many productive years following their retirement. Yet young children do not view them as productive or important because our youth culture and fitness-oriented society, accompanied by media messages about aging, create negative images of older adults. A step-by-step guide on how to develop meaningful intergenerational programs, this user-friendly text provides pre-service and in-service teachers with an understanding of the importance of such programs. The book is an overview of elementary and middle school curricula that integrate generations for learning, for life satisfaction, and to address social issues. The author provides concrete lesson plans that can be used to begin a new program or to be part of existing curricula. Lessons related to the sociological, biological, psychological and historical aspects of aging can be incorporated into subjects as diverse as social studies, math, language arts, fine arts, and physical fitness In addition to their academic benefits, many of the suggested lessons serve as experiential service projects that encourage student interaction and involvement with older adults in the community. Topics include: Rationale for Intergenerational Programming and Curriculua; Program Development; Sociological Aspects of Aging (including sample lessons such as Ageism and Stereotypes in Society and How Families Have Changed); Psychological Aspects of Aging (with sample lessons such as What Does it Feel Like to Be Old?); HistoricalPerspectives of Aging; and The Biology of Aging. Anyone interested in society in its entirety.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780205275137
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/21/1998
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 8.23(w) x 10.83(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xix
Rationale for Intergenerational Programming and Curricula
1(8)
Changing Demographics
1(1)
Education Reform and Political Imperatives
2(1)
Changes in Mobility, Social Structure, and Family Structure
3(1)
Age-Segregated Society Related to Housing Options
4(1)
Youth-Centered and Fitness-Oriented Society
4(1)
Technology and the Generation Gap
5(1)
Growth in Stature of the Intergenerational Field
5(1)
Community Development
6(1)
Win-Win Benefits for All
6(3)
Program Development
9(12)
What Makes a Good Intergenerational Program
9(4)
Getting Started
13(5)
Program Models and Prototypes
18(3)
Sociological Aspects of Aging
21(67)
Chapter Overview
21(1)
Intergenerational Program Suggestions
21(67)
Ageism and Stereotypes in Society
28(7)
Changing Demographics
35(4)
How Families Have Changed
39(5)
Ageism in the Media
44(5)
Ageism in Literature
49(8)
Housing Options for Older Adults
57(10)
Economics of Living on a Limited Income
67(6)
Diversity and Aging
73(9)
Violence Against Young and Old
82(6)
Psychological Aspects of Aging
88(20)
Chapter Overview
88(1)
Intergenerational Program Suggestions
88(20)
Adjustments at Any Age
90(7)
Achievers at Any Age
97(5)
What Does It Feel Like to Be Old?
102(6)
Historical Perspectives of Aging
108(43)
Chapter Overview
108(1)
Intergenerational Program Suggestions
108(43)
Exploring My Family History
111(6)
Immigration Then and Now
117(13)
Scavenger Hunt for Treasures
130(6)
Living History
136(6)
Stories About My Family Traditions
142(5)
Consider the Changes
147(4)
The Biology of Aging
151(36)
Chapter Overview
151(1)
Intergenerational Program Suggestions
151(36)
Signs of Aging
155(7)
The Role of Good Nutrition in Aging
162(6)
The Role of Exercise in Aging
168(4)
Illness and Aging
172(7)
Death and Dying
179(8)
Evaluation of Intergenerational Programs
187(8)
Chapter Overview
187(1)
Reasons for Evaluating Programs
187(1)
Intergenerational Program Evaluation Differs from Other Program Evaluation
188(1)
Planning Your Evaluation
189(1)
Developing Your Own Methodology
190(5)
Annotated Book List 195(16)
Index 211

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