Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Intergenerational Programs: Something for Everyone

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Intergenerational Programs: Something for Everyone

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American Society of Parks and Recreation

Intergenerational programs are on the rise. By putting different generations together, new friendships develop, age differences disappear and a greater understanding of each generation can unfold. Consider what happened when the Golden Hours Senior Center in Ogden, Utah, held a Senior to Senior Prom. It had all the ingredients of a high school prom, but the attendees had a lot more depth of experience.

The prom took a lot of planning and effort to find the right mixture of students. The students and seniors worked together decorating the hall and served refreshments. The key to cross-generational programming is that the process-witnessing two generations working together-can be even more valuable than the outcome. It took a few meetings before both groups would open up and share their ideas with each other, but both generations found that they have a lot in common. When the big day arrived, everything seemed to fall into place.

The decorations were done in a 1950s theme, with a cardboard standup jukebox. Several stand-up legends like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe were placed around the room. …

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