Pen Pals? Cards with Care? Hopefully that rings a bell!
Now, a thought that may cross some people’s minds is to the point and value in talking with ‘old people’?!
And it’s a fair question. It is so easy to label people in our society ‘as important’ or ‘worthy of being in the discussion table’.
As someone that has grown to love social impact, it is important to recognise that in making social change, we don’t need to work from the ground up. To realise that there are people out there with 60-100 years of life experiences is such a blessing to this society, and something I don’t think we have truly realised.
To share some research, intergenerational learning has super benefits! Check out this article here if you are interested: https://www.irt.org.au/the-good-life/the-benefits-of-intergenerational-relationships/
My first volunteering experience was at a local nursing home in Beecroft. I distinctively remember a 1hr conversation I had with an elderly woman about her life - her husband’s career at Qantas, her own line of thinking. Despite her frequent memory lapses, she remembered me the next time I came in. I haven’t forgotten that conversation since.
Your interactions with people, more often than not strangers, really do change you.
So what’s the point in ‘talking with old people’?
I hope you soon find the answer!