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.