January 10, 2014
Originally posted on SMAGIC:
When we’re young, we’re often told to “respect our elders”, often by bitter adults who just want to sound self-important. Of course, we’re happy say “respect your elders”, while simultaneously sticking old people into retirement homes where they wither and die, all while slowly succumbing to the idea that they’re old.
I may be one of the young generation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the way we treat the older generation, or more specifically, the way we hypocritically claim to respect the elderly while use retirement homes to get revenge on them.
November 9, 2013
Originally posted on Creative Title:
I learned a very valuable lesson from this week’s reading from Lauren Bowen entitled “Resisting Age Bias in Digital Literacy Research” (2011). This particular quote inspired my epiphany: “But it is a mistake to identify elders who do not use Web 2.0 technologies, or at least not in expected or conventional ways, as somehow failing or digitally illiterate. Even online activity that by now seems mundane, such as writing email or sharing photos, not only counts as digital literacy practice but can also teach us about literate practices that extend beyond youth-centered ideologies” (588). I realized that, as Bowen points out, I had tied digital literacy to a picture of youth in my own mental scope. It was uncomfortable to realize, but then I started thinking about why I would feel this way.
Probably because of commercials like this:
November 9, 2013
Originally posted on Grif Jones:
By Griffin Jones
These are by no means direct quotes. I am paraphrasing from memory from the “Bridging the Gap” event at the Mid-Day Club of Buffalo on November 5, 2013. In no particular order, these are ten interesting thoughts considering the Generation Gap from people who are actively working to make Buffalo a better place.
- No matter which generation we come from, we all seem to be bound together by a genuine love for Buffalo. We all have a deep civic interest in bettering Buffalo in business and community. –Scott Murray, Lumdsden & McCormick, Mid-Day Club of Buffalo
- We have to occasionally revisit and reform our etiquette of how we communicate with each other. Technology shouldn’t hinder respect in communication. Social Media and mobile are tools. They are the means but not the message. Ultimately, in-person communication is still the very best.–Tony Maggiotto, Buffalo State College Small Businesses Development Center, City Love Clothing
- Millenials are not the only people who are eager for changes in workplace culture/market practices. Many Baby Boomers have been eager for change for some time and have longed to have their voice heard. –Althea Luehrsen, Leadership Buffalo
- Communication is what binds all generations together. Everyone from each generation wants to be heard and acknowledged. When we come in to discussion with demands, that’s when we meet resistance .If the vision coming from the leader is a shared one, generational differences won’t matter. They will help –Tim Finney, Alcott HR Group/infoTech Niagara
- We have to be willing to listen. A lot of times, we (Generation Y) want to be the leader and the star. But there may be several other people already doing what we’re trying to accomplish. Sometimes we have to take the time to learn, and to put in the work, before we can jump ahead.–Liz Callahan, Buffalo Niagara Partnership/B-Team Buffalo
- Generation Y “knows” everything but we’re usually not focused on anything. We need to have a clear statement of purpose and focus on that.–Louis Benton, AXA Advisors
- We (Generation X) follow a legacy of litigation from our parents’ generation. So while we want to make speedy changes, grant more autonomy, and try creative approaches, we’ve learned to be cautious of the consequences that come from such a quickness to litigate. Brian Kulpa, Mayor of Williamsville
- “Let’s do each other a favor and start the conversation and find some common ground. Let’s bridge that gap between generations, learn from each other, and empower one another to lead our communities toward the creative and successful future that we know it has the potential of reaching”–Katie Costello, Buffalo News. (That one is a direct quote).
- Each generation seems to have the same concern about the next generation, as the previous generation had about them. Is this the same thing, or is something actually different? Chris LaFleur, M&T Bank
- The cardinal difference between Generation X and Millenials is having grown up without the internet. The experience of using a phone book, having to call someone at their house, and not having everything on demand is a very identifiable mark on the generational timeline. Charlie Fashana, First Niagara Bank, Advertising Club of Buffalo
September 23, 2013
my botanical garde welcomes singing orchestra
Originally posted on Nature Inquiries:
by Carl Strang
As another season of field research into the region’s singing insects winds down, I am starting to look back at the highlights. Some of these were chance encounters that provided new photo opportunities. For example, there was a weakened common true katydid I found on a trail at Waterfall Glen in broad daylight. I didn’t have a good photo of the species, and posed him after removing him from the hazardous trail.
September 5, 2013
Originally posted on The Multidisciplinarian:
In politically correct America, Intergenerational Learning has become a euphemism for teaching grandpa how to work his AOL account. I’m not talking about that.
In social animal species, there is evidence that it benefits a population to have lifespans far in excess of the age when individuals can reproduce. For non-social species, those of us past our sexual primes are just consuming valuable resources in a limited ecosystem. But we social animals tend to continue to add skills, memories and mental abilities to our libraries, which can then be transmitted to youngsters much more quickly than they could be acquired through experience. That’s the theory anyway. Try it on your teenager.
September 5, 2013
Originally posted on Support for Seniors & their Families:
A Baby Boomer will turn 50 years old every 7 seconds until next year (2014). By 2025, thanks to these aging Boomers, almost 7 million Canadians will be sporting seniors discount cards. That’s almost a quarter of the Canadian population! In fact the number of North Americans over 65 is expected to DOUBLE to over 65 million by the year 2030.
Studies show that Baby Boomers are already in the process of reinventing retirement. A recent survey conducted by Merrill Lynch shows the following trends for we, Boomers:
- Planning a new career: 76% of Boomers intend to keep working & earning in retirement. While they plan on retiring from their traditional jobs around 64 they are also planning on launching an entirely new job or career
- Intentional good health: Boomers plan on being “younger’ longer. They are obsessed with staying healthy and independent.
- Well educated & knowledgeable: Baby Boomers are significantly better educated than any previous generation: with a college graduation rate twice as high as ever before. This generation will definitely not be accepting the old “The way it’s always been” argument.
- It’s not about the money: While 37% of the boomer generation say that continued earnings is a very important part of the reason to keep working, 67% assert that they want the continued mental stimulation and challenge.
- Fears of rising health costs & illness: Boomers biggest fears are that a major illness will strike & they will end up in a nursing home (48%) or that they will be unable to pay for their ongoing healthcare (52%).
Baby boomers, with their increased knowledge and education, with their higher standards of living and their quest for good health and comfort are unwilling to accept the standards of past ages.
April 15, 2011
Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.
Being or occurring between generations: ”These social-insurance programs are intergenerational and allAmericans benefit from their success” (Claude D. Pepper).
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