Fighting Ageism through Intergenerational Activities, a Transformative Experience
Keywords:Ageism, intergenerational relationships, transformative learning, older adults, college students.
AbstractOlder adults are the fastest-growing population in the world. There is already a higher demand for professionals to serve this population. Therefore, it is important to prepare young adults to work with the aging cohort. However, ageism impedes people to be interested and interact with older adults. Ageism is more prevalent among younger generations, but intergenerational relationships may reduce ageist beliefs. This qualitative study explored the perceptions of college students. It was found that intergenerational relationships are an opportunity for transformative experiences to occur. Young adults questioned previous ageist beliefs and became more knowledgeable and appreciative of late adulthood. Adult educators should promote intergenerational relationships so future professionals are better qualified to work with the aging population.
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