I am not entirely sure why I have saved this particular Opt Ed piece. Perhaps I found myself perplexed why no one has mentioned the generational gap, or why one hasn’t thought of putting the focus on activities and safety. I polled a few individuals on this and the replies in a nut shell were, “Couldn’t the seniors participate in story time or offer classes on cooking or sewing?” “Couldn’t the younger generation provide information on how to utilize services such as Skype, or explain FaceTime so the elderly could talk with families across the country?”
I pointed out that they had just stereotyped both groups. I am not sure of the solution, but I think the following steps need to be in place:
- Avoid stereotyping people over 60 and those under 17.
- Be tolerant of alternative ways of doing things
- Show the same respect to others that they like shown to them
- Share expectations
- Seek perspective
- Be ready to compromise
For without these the words, community has been lost. What would you advise in this situation?