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Week: 579.3

Guest: Andrea Taylor, Administrator, Across Ages program, Philadelphia

Topic: Intergenerational learning

Host/Producer: Steve Girard

NEMA: Cutting the generation gap...coming up...

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NEMA: As the American family disintegrates, a lot has been lost in communication between the ages...but a 6 year old program in Philadelphia has had success in bridging the differences in age and culture...this is Andrea Taylor...of the Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple University...

TAYLOR: ...and our mission is to really develop programs that bring elders and youth together, which is why the mentors all have to be 55 years and older, and why the students...for their community service, visit with residents in nursing homes. Because it really gives them an opportunity to be with people of different ages who are also, of course, in different circumstances.

NEMA: To get real communication...a lot of groundwork has to be laid...

TAYLOR: We help the kids think about what aging is all about, what do they associate the word "old" with, how younger people tend to stereotype older people...and then how they, themselves have been stereotyped.

NEMA: Next, we'll talk about a special mentoring program to keep kids out of drug trouble. I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter. 

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