The pandemic kept kids home from school and upended the workplace, placing Americans who care for aging family members under even more pressure.
Students serve their local communities and empower older adults via virtual communication.
Labels present challenges to fighting ageism and promoting intergenerational understanding, say USC experts.
Even small gestures like sharing recipes or making cards can help combat COVID-19-related loneliness and isolation over the holidays.
During a tumultuous year full of fear and conflict — from an unprecedented pandemic to a bitter election fight — conversations between younger and older people can produce mutual benefit and meaningful change.
With a rapidly aging population in need of support, "professionals who can develop sound solutions and policies will be critical and in demand," says Sahar Edalati MS '13, associate executive director for The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights in New York.
Members of the USC Student Gerontology Association and the USC chapter of the service group Glamour Gals are connecting with older adults across the country.
Intergenerational gatherings can provide learning opportunities for all.
To mark the United Nations-created holiday, the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology led campus-wide events raising awareness of the opportunities and challenges related to our aging society.