Title

Share Your Experience and I’ll Lend You My Ear: Older Adult Outcomes of an Intergenerational Service-learning Experience

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Gerontology and Geriatrics Education

ISSN

0270-1960

Volume

31

First Page

383

402

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Intergenerational service learning is frequently used in gerontology courses. However, research usually focuses on the experience of the younger (e.g., children, youth, adolescents, students) rather than older participants, or older adults who are in poor health. Using a focus group methodology, this study explored the experience of active older volunteers who participated in an intergenerational service-learning project with college students. Results indicated older adults positively experienced the project and found the relationships with their partners meaningful. They appreciated students listening to their life stories and documenting them through memoirs. The study shows that active older adults can benefit from an intergenerational service-learning experience. (Contains 2 tables.)

Publication Information

Zucchero, R. A. (2010). Share your experience and I’ll lend you my ear: Older adult outcomes of an intergenerational service-learning experience. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 31, 383-402.