Dr. Karen Tanzy creates and manages intergenerational projects, because relationships across generations help us understand how essential elders are to our culture. In our modern world, different generations are often separated by great distances and limited time. Young people may not have had the privilege of spending time with their grandparents to connect and exchange stories. This is unfortunate, because elders have much to share with younger generations. They possess a “long view” that comes from decades of life experience. When generations come together, there can be benefits for all involved. The youth gain understanding about the challenges and gifts of advanced age. The elders feel connected and can model positive qualities such as resilience, integrity, and what it is to lead a meaningful life. Through her intergenerational projects, Karen provides ways for generations to build bridges and open up dialogue. She brings together older adults and younger people in a variety of venues, such as schools, universities, places of worship, community centers, and local retirement communities. Contact Karen about setting up an Intergenerational Project.
“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”