Global Intergenerational Week: Breaking Down The Age Barrier

It’s so common for us to separate each of the generations into their own boxes, almost as though they belong to totally different species: Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials, and so on. In actual fact, they all have far more in common than you may initially think.

Global Intergenerational Week celebrates all the common ground that the different age groups share, and its core purpose is to connect people of all ages so we can share our ideas and inspiration to improve the world together. Another major goal of this event is to reduce ageism, to share that there’s no such thing as “old,” just older. Age is just a number, and the generations have more in common and more to offer each other than you may think.

As we emerge from the worst of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to work together to rebuild our communities, to reduce the isolation and loneliness of marginalised people, and to support each other’s health and mental wellbeing, regardless of age. Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, so tackling isolation in your community might just save lives.

Global Intergenerational Week takes place from Monday the 25th of April to Sunday the 1st of May 2022. Each of its seven days celebrate a different topic. This includes the value of actively making friends of different ages, working together with different generation groups for a brighter future, celebrating intergenerational solidarity by breaking down the age barrier, and being creative in what we have to offer one another.

Want to know how to be a part of this event? Simply Google “how do I get involved with intergenerational week?”

By Grant J Everett

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