For almost 40 years, intergenerational pioneers have forged a road of respect and reciprocity. At the heart of the social compact is the understanding that our civil society is based on the giving and receiving of resources across the lifespan. We all need and in turn, are needed at different stages of our lives.
Intergenerational work demands that we recognize the inherent strength of each generation and the need we all share to be connected. One of the original members of the Buena Vista Social Club, a group of wonderful Cuban musicians, expressed this well when he was interviewed at the age of 94. He was asked how he could keep up with his busy performing schedule. He replied, “I can’t get tired. I’m still needed.”