Many people have fond memories of time spent when they were kids with elderly relatives — a grandfather or grandmother, an aunt or uncle, even the savvy old man next door.
Author Silas House does, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens.
“I was always with older folks when I was very young,” House recalled in a recent opinion article he wrote for the New York Times. He lamented the fact that youngsters today have less intergenerational contact and said that we should encourage greater contact between the young and the old.
He wrote: “This is the main thing we lose when we don’t talk to our elders: the histories. How many teenagers, for example, know the intimate details of the Kardashians’ lives but don’t know the love stories of their own parents? The joys and sorrows of the older generations serve as examples for us to learn from, to emulate or, perhaps even more useful, to avoid. As age segregation becomes more ingrained in our culture, what cycles will be repeated, what misconceptions will flourish?”