Conference to Focus on Multiple Generations

An event entitled “Practice Across the Lifespan: Intergenerational Work in Action” will be held at Fordham’s Westchester campus on Wed., March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. The conference plans to merge the goals of two groups — Children FIRST, aiming to help children, and Ravazzin Center on Aging, aiming to help the elderly. The conference will discuss national policy and new methods for combining efforts. Janna Heyman, Ph.D., director of the Ravazzin Center, stated that many studies have shown that it is mutually beneficial for children and older adults to work together on different activities, such as arts and crafts, story times and play. “Many retirees find it extremely beneficial to help students with their reading and some of the youth help the adults become computer literate,” Heyman said. “But while there may be savings in cost, more importantly, there is the value of enriching lives.”


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