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A bridge connecting generations

25.11.2016

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The number of the elderly people is increasing, which could in the future intensify the feel of insecurity and confusion with all generations. A potential outcome might be the increasing gap among generations. One solution to the issue could be to quickly establish conditions for a better understanding, communication and bonding across all age groups. Solidarity and positive interpersonal relations will be needed for different generations to coexist in the future.

While in the past, the intergenerational learning took place within families and different associations, new types of transfer are emerging today. Each generation has knowledge and skills that can enrich the lives of the next one. The elderly and the young may seem very different, but they are caught in an inevitable coexistence. While older generations are defined by wisdom, experience, vast traditional knowledge and their many skills, the younger generations know about innovation, how to manage the modern communication and other types of technology, and how to successfully adapt to demands of a modern life. We have to understand that the capacities and knowledge in older generations are an important part of the human capital. The activation and use of this potential can strengthen the social status of the elderly and unburden the young generations.

Different forms of education and learning, which allow mutual comprehension and cooperation, can serve as a bridge connecting generations.

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