We are in the midst of a demographic shift that is shaping the way different generations relate to each other in both private and public spheres. Old age is often perceived as a sign of frailty, dependency, and helplessness, as reflected in a public discourse dominated by the “problems” of aging. Although people continue to live healthy and independent lives for an average of 13-14 years after they retire, our society has yet to recognize and engage the full potential of our older adults. In recent years, we have seen intergenerational initiatives in the U.S. and abroad that have made great impacts in communities. Intergenerational shared sites have been proven to provide mutual benefits for both young and old participants with regards to their educational, social, and care needs. The conference will be organized in three broad topic areas:
Empowering Communities: Increasing awareness and mobilizing older adults and/or communities in advocacy or other activities that improve the well-being of individuals, families, or the community.
Converging Paths: Promoting private-public partnerships and breaking downs silos across the field of gerontology and beyond to optimize resources in our community to meet the needs of our aging population.
Building Resilience: Developing the capacity of individuals, families, and communities to respond to major life events and crises, including life cycle events and disasters.
The nomination deadline has been extended to July 22, 2016. We are ONLY accepting nominations for the Hideo “Major” Okada Scholar category. For details, please click the Call for Award Nominations link below.