January 13, 2023

Cross-generational conversations aim to build relationships across age continuum

McKnight Senior Living

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will launch a cross-generational dialogue program at 12 senior living communities around age literacy and awareness.

Bloomfield, NJ-based Juniper Communities is partnering with Generations Over Lunch to bring in AmeriCorps volunteers and youth activists, together with senior living residents to break down stigmas surrounding aging. 

The program grew out of the Death Over Dinner and Drugs Over Dinner platform, as well as the Generations Over Dinner model championed by the Modern Elder Academy

Table leaders will use a predetermined set of questions to open dialogue and generate conversations between the generations. Questions revolve around volunteer experiences, misconceptions about generations, and hopes for the future.

“The willingness to collaborate and create intergenerational community experiences speaks to their innovative brilliance and agility,” said Kate Abate, MSG, Juniper program director and gerontologist.

Patricia Jacobs, head of Juniper’s Catalyst program, told McKnight’s Senior Living that the Generations Over Lunch program “thoroughly aligns with everything we care about and are moving toward with our Catalyst program.”

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