Susan Chandler

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The purpose of this guide is to assist you in the development and implementation of intergenerational projects in which youth groups visit senior adult residences. These "youth in service to elders" projects are designed to meet a variety of needs. Through them, young people learn to give of themselves and their time in a significant and positive way. With our mobile society, young people often do not have the opportunity to spend time with their elders; and as a result are deprived of an awareness of the aging process and of the wisdom which older people possess. Conversely, older people need a forum in which to share their rich life experience with young people. They may be isolated from other generations, or in some cases from society in general. These projects provide an opportunity for some important reciprocity between young and old participants. They allow for meaningful relationships to develop, and for teens and elders to dispel stereotypes about one another.