Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Generation Exchange

EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

In the latest of series, we feature Generation Exchange, based in Kansas City, MO.

(Check our archives for parts 1-31.)

Generation Exchange is an intergenerational storytelling (oral history) project designed to increase social interaction between youth and older adults.

Generation Exchange also offers the opportunity to preserve and carry on local history to future generations.

Through Generation Exchange, every older adult in the greater Kansas City region will have the opportunity to tell their story.

The goal of this project is to create a collection of stories that document memories and experiences related to neighborhood life, historical events, and cultural experiences that shaped the lives of previous generations.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas? You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections Facebook Group or just text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration.

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