intergenerational

Sense of Wonder Contest – Cast your vote on the intergenerational entries!

Posted on 09/18/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThese are truly some of the most beautiful, touching (and even hilarious) photos, essays and poems I’ve ever seen and read. Considering they’re created by teams of inter-generational partners for the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest makes them even more worthy of your visit to the site…and your vote. (I’m partial to the dance video “Macro Hunt Anthem”, but don’t let me influence you.) Honoring the 50th anniversary of her ground-breaking, society-changing book Silent Spring, this annual contest gives us a chance to …

Caregiving, When Everything Hurts

Posted on 08/16/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeA week ago, I visited my Pop Pop for his 96th birthday. I brought a big sign with me, with dozens of messages from people all over the country — family in Indiana, friends in Mississippi, Twitter followers from Boston and D.C. and Kansas. Even Arthur, who I introduced in my first post here, got in on the surprise. “How ya doin, pal?” he wrote. I figured my grandfather, the best keeper-in-toucher I know, would get a kick out of …

Multigenerational Living: On the Rise

Posted on 08/10/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEditor’s note: This post is modified from Amy Goyer’s article, Multigenerational Living Is Rising, and May Be to Everyone’s Benefit in the September/October 2011 issue of the American Society on Aging’s Aging Today magazine. Laura and Paul Patyk, both in their mid-40s, have a full house. With six children, any home would be a bit crowded. But in 2003, the Patyks invited Laura’s parents to live with them when her mother became ill with congestive heart failure and a stroke. A …

Caring, Together: An Intergenerational Approach

Posted on 07/12/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeMy friend Arthur and I like going to the theater together. So, this past Friday when we were hanging out, I read him the upcoming schedule for our favorite company. “Sigh-ray-no de Burger-ac,” I fumbled, a few shows down the list. The description said it was a timeless classic with some of the wittiest lines ever written for the stage. But, to my former-English-major embarrassment, I was completely butchering the title. “Kai-ran-o de Bur-jer-ack? Is that it?” I held it …

Where Dad Comes From

Posted on 06/17/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingHe is from Indiana corn fields and blinking fireflies on cool-moist summer nights. He is from generations of adventurers, farmers and teachers. He is from Clarence Vespacian a.k.a. C.V. or Mike, and Genevieve Mae a.k.a. G.G. or Genny. He is from  a passel of cousins with nicknames and games. He is from 100 years of family reunions with the sweetest of tea and juiciest cherry pie, and croquet wickets with balls whizzing by and uncles fiercely competing, with peals of …

Generational Cycles of Sacrifice, Love and Reciprocity

Posted on 05/15/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingShe was young, beautiful, capable and highly intelligent. A college degree and a couple years of teaching under her belt, she married her college-sweetheart, a WWII veteran working on his master’s degree. Within a few years my Mom had given birth to their first child while living in Germany, far from the comforts of home and family. She embraced the challenge then as she did in the future, giving birth to three more babies while my Dad earned his doctorate …