America’s future is in the hands of today’s youth who, as adults, will face a challenge unique to the history of mankind: a “graying society.” Today’s youth will need to care for aging parents at an increasing personal cost, invest in long-term care health insurance as part of their own long-range family planning, develop healthy lifestyles to ensure their own successful aging, and work to eliminate negative views about aging.
Unfortunately, very little is being done to prepare our youth to meet these challenges. Most high school graduates receive little information on the physiological, social, psychological, or economic effects of aging. AGHE’s Kindergarten–Grade 12 Task Force is helping remedy this by developing quality educational resources for teaching children about aging and pairing with elementary and high school teachers on a local level.
The K-12 Task Force is proud to invite you to check-out our bibliography of children's books with aging related themes. All of the books are now available for purchase online thanks to a partnership between AGHE and Amazon.Com. Click here to look at the books.
Each year, in conjunction with the location of AGHE's annual meeting, the K-12 committee sponsors an essay contest for elementary school children. The children are charged with writing an essay about an important older person in their life. The 2012 Essay Contest winners were from a 5th grade class at Laurel Ridge Elementary School, Fairfax, VA. The specific theme for the writing contest this year was Bridging the Generations: An Important Older Person in My Life. The students read their essays to an audience at AGHE's Annual Meeting which included AGHE attendees and the students' guests: their important older adults, their parents, and school officials. The AGHE K-12 Committee works each year to find sponsorship so that the students receive plaques and refreshments are served at the reception. The 2012 essay contest winners were: Tyler Layton, Grace Tompkins, Katie Little, and Seneca Willen.
Click here for a list of this committee's members.