September is observed annually as Intergeneration Month, a month that was originally created to research intergenerational issues. During this month, people are encouraged to connect with individuals from other generations to befriend them and learn from them.
Even though people often frame modern problems as issues between Boomers and Millennials, or Millennials and Generation Z, the truth is that we all are responsible for modern society, and we must work together to solve our problems.
It is in that spirit that people should celebrate this month. We all need to learn from each other, help each other grow, and solve problems together, so let’s begin during this month.
The History of Intergeneration Month
A non-profit organization known as the Fountain Institute was formed to research intergenerational issues. The research proved to be only a starting point; however, it was determined that further research would be important. This is when Intergenerational Day was created.
This day reminded everyone that intergenerational research needs to happen regularly to solve problems between generations. Eventually, the amount of time dedicated to this research grew from a single day to an entire month.
The Benefits of Intergenerational Programs
We understand that much of this talk about intergenerational research seems theoretical, but there are actual programs that have resulted from all this research. These programs are very important and provide society with various benefits. What benefits? Well, let’s take a look at a handful of benefits that we know about that spring from these programs below.
- Older adults who share with younger generations often have a renewed sense of purpose.
- Older adults who share with younger generations volunteer more often than those who don’t.
- Intergenerational activities reduce the sense of isolation experienced by older adults.
- Older adults can learn about new technologies from younger adults.
- Younger adults can gain wisdom and practical knowledge from older adults.
- Intergenerational activities reduce stereotypes and encourage generational bonding.
Observing Intergeneration Month
This month can be observed by people getting together and learning more about those who are older and younger than they are.
When people of different generations come together to solve problems, the result can be extremely powerful. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this month. People are also encouraged to spread the word about this month using the hashtag #IntergenerationMonth on social media.