Can the wisdom of aging be activated and make a difference societally?

Jeanine M. Parisi, George W. Rebok, Michelle C. Carlson, Linda P. Fried, Teresa E. Seeman, Erwin J. Tan, Elizabeth K. Tanner, Rachel L. Piferi

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The Experience Corps®, a community-based intergenerational program, was developed to promote the health of older adults while simultaneously addressing unmet social and academic needs in public elementary schools. The model was designed to draw on, and potentially activate, the wisdom of older adults. This paper explores the nature of wisdom-related knowledge and how older adults may apply such knowledge when tutoring and mentoring young children. It also examines the potential for the intergenerational transmission of wisdom from the older adult volunteers to the school children being mentored by them. Developing an understanding of these issues may provide a basis for the creation of more extensive wisdom-generating opportunities for both older and younger generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)867-879
Number of pages13
JournalEducational Gerontology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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