Integrate Now

Younger generations do not think ahead to their ageing process as they are largely disengaged with the older generation, apart from immediate family or if they are involved with the health and caring professions.

Organizations set up to improve the social, mental and emotional wellbeing of older people often find that the lack of manpower and support holds them back from achieving the goals that they and their clientele wish to achieve.

All things should be possible and very often older people self limit because they are aware that they don’t have the physical infrastructure and human facilitation required to make social isolation and lack of mobility a thing of the past.

Young people should be aware of the obstacles that they are going to be faced with as they age by getting actively involved with that generation now. They could become innovators, facilitators and set up processes whereby all the input does not have to come from the “coal face” in the form of over use of the NHS and Social Services.

By enabling young working people to have supported volunteering from their employers and to make volunteering more of an investment for their future and less of a “do-gooding chore for old folk” would reap benefits for all concerned. The time for intergenerational co-operation is now.

 

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Younger generations do not think ahead to their ageing process as they are largely disengaged with the older generation, apart from immediate family or if they are involved with the health and caring professions.

Organizations set up to improve the social, mental and emotional wellbeing of older people often find that the lack of manpower and support holds them back from achieving the goals that they and their clientele wish to achieve.

All things should be possible and very often older people self limit because they are aware that they don’t have the physical infrastructure and human facilitation required to make social isolation and lack of mobility a thing of the past.

Young people should be aware of the obstacles that they are going to be faced with as they age by getting actively involved with that generation now. They could become innovators, facilitators and set up processes whereby all the input does not have to come from the “coal face” in the form of over use of the NHS and Social Services.

By enabling young working people to have supported volunteering from their employers and to make volunteering more of an investment for their future and less of a “do-gooding chore for old folk” would reap benefits for all concerned. The time for intergenerational co-operation is now.

 

by Vfriends on July 12, 2018 at 03:38PM

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  • Posted by MarknBEISgovuk July 17, 2018 at 16:28

    Hi, thank you so much for your insights. Core to our thinking is that we must take an approach which looks at the whole life course – not just one focused on older people today. As part of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge we need to reconsider how our lives will pan out and be prepared for the fact that the traditional ‘three course life’ may change radically in the future. And yes, we wholeheartedly agree that we need to consider the inter-generational relationships and your idea of volunteering is a great one.
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