The progression our world has reached is something we used to see in our Science Fiction novels; innovators have played a crucial role in this progression by finding needs in society and doing what must be done in order to deem it fulfilled. However, there is a necessity that has been way too long overlooked here in the United States; the needs of a forgotten generation.
When the world we live in moves at the pace that it does, we often disregard our own issues, let alone have the patience and time to help fulfill the needs of others, especially our elders. That’s where Joining Generations comes in. Volunteers of the organization set aside time, plan stimulating activities, lead events with the help of an activity director, and engage the residents of senior home facilities. But that’s not even the good part; students and parents are able to be a part of something bigger than themselves which is what community is all about. When we include our youth in reaching out to senior citizens, more often than not, residents and volunteers feel the rush of satisfaction that comes from their interaction. This pushes us all, the up and coming generation especially, to give back to their community and help make the world better, the same way the residents did, not too long ago.
A University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) study found that participants 60 years old and older who reported feeling lonely saw a 45 percent increase in their risk of death. Isolated survey respondents also had a 59 percent greater risk of mental and physical decline than their more social counterparts.
Only about 20 percent of today’s youth have developed a purpose in life, finds William Damon, a professor at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center on Adolescence. (Anchorage Daily News)
45% of Americans working in retirement say they want to work with youth. (Senior Lifestyle)