Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Friday, April 18, 2014
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Intergenerational Service-Learning

 


Intergenerational Service-Learning

The aging of society challenges gerontology faculty to provide students with a pedagogy that enables them to understand older adults’ characteristics, diversity, needs, and value. One way to accomplish this is to provide students with opportunities for direct contact with older persons through intergenerational service-learning (ISL). ISL consists of structured activities that foster meaningful interaction between students and older adults.

Students who participate in ISL gain exposure to, and experience with, a population with whom they will interact throughout their careers. For healthy elders, participation in ISL programs has been shown to improve life satisfaction and increase self-esteem. For frail elders living alone, youth can provide companionship and assist with light chores.

In the past few years, AGHE has observed an increased interest in ISL among its member schools. In response to this demand, we would like to continue to facilitate ISL programs at both member and non-member schools.