Many programs in agricultural education and FF A focus on students/FFA members working with those in the early years of life. These are worthy efforts and the payoff will hopefully result in increased agricultural awareness among young people. However, caution should be taken to not overlook the rich resource available through interactions with senior citizens. According to the Census Bureau "middle series" projections, the elderly population will more than double between now and the year 2050, to 80 miUion. By that year, as many as 1 in 5 Americans could be elderly. Most of this growth should occur between 2010 and 2030, when the "baby boom" generation enters the elderly years (U.S. Census Bureau, 1996).
Layfield, K. Dale, "Intergenerational Service Learning: Bridging the Gap Between Two Golden Ages" (2001). Intergenerational. 33.