An analysis of a group of researchers and teachers from the Department of Didactics and School Organization of the Faculty of Education of Bilbao, of the University of the Basque Country / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, analyzed the importance of generational experiences to combat loneliness in both young people and adults within of the population.
With the increasing longevity in people and the expanding vitality in the elderly, the global social asset is growing, and as well the focus lies on the evolution of the family structure. As a result, a natural model of social integration emerges if we consider the family as the primary social structure.
According to the researchers, the extended family bond’s loss and feelings of loneliness and isolation appear strongly among young and older people if the migratory component is added in this scenario. As a result, those generations are the more affected by the loss of a sense of belonging.
According to the researchers, having this outcome among the young and elder generations, new experiences and intergenerational organizations grow as a response. Therefore, in “these shared spaces, the different generations relate to each other to reinforce social ties and promote positive communication that fosters shared memory and solidarity.”
Through these intergenerational experiences, “the creation of egalitarian and open societies for all ages can be possible, creating a bridge between different generations and provide individual and social benefits”, mention the Spanish researchers.
Some examples of these initiatives in Europe, which offers activities as well courses, are:
- Generations United,
- Bridges Together INC
- Providence Mount St. Vincent.
- Cátedra Macrosad de Estudios Intergeneracionales
- Jornadas intergeneracionales Universidad del País Vasco y Hartu Emanak.
- Fundación Matia.
- TOY –Together Old and Young
- Lifelong Learning Platforms
- Innovative education in the field of intergenerational cooperation support.