When was the last time you hung out with, and got advice from, an older mentor?
In a national report released this month, two out of three adults surveyed said they want to spend time with people who aren’t their age, while three in four wish there were more opportunities to get to know different age groups. Why, then, aren’t there more intergenerational programs and initiatives? And workplace mentors for young employees are becoming increasingly rare.
I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together, published by the nonprofits Generations United and The Eisner Foundation, lays out the case for more mixing of the generations, and suggests ways to achieve it.
An online survey of 2,171 U.S. adults ages 18 and older conducted for the report points to few opportunities for intergenerational interaction. According to the report, in the U.S., “intergenerational friendships are the exception rather than the rule: for the most part, age segregation prevails.”