Our interactions with people from different generations overcome any differences in beliefs. Within their own family, each individual has a lasting impact on intergenerational ties: parents pass on their personal history, values, and ways of behaving to their children, and in return they learn from their children.
LaReciprocity, mutual assistance, and the transmission of knowledge and know-how all have a role to play in the interactions between people of different generations.
The study conducted by the Korian Foundation for Ageing Well backs this up.
The study’s findings are based on responses from youths between the ages of 15 and 35 and their elderly counterparts aged 65 and older.
Despite preconceived notions, these youths and seniors represent two connected generations that share a similar philosophy of life:
- Living in the moment
- Seeking strong family ties
- A need for independence and freedom
- An interest in new technologies
- The importance of transmission from generation to generation
But isn’t it a bit idealistic to believe that these intergenerational ties could hold the key to reawakening a sense of solidarity in our society? In order for intergenerational interactions to solidify social ties and solidarity, they must be valued, supported, and well-organised. These ties do not simply come about spontaneously – they are a social construct and can improve the daily lives of people of all ages.
That is why the Korian Foundation has asked students at the STRATE School of Design to come up with projects for strengthening ties and communication between generations and changing the way we view nursing homes:
- Engawa: A travel destination, a new outlook on nursing homes
- Memento Mori: individual memories as a vector for collective ties
- History in our plates: transmitting our individual cultural heritage through cooking