In this curriculum to promote understanding across generations and cultures, proverbs are used to help youth and older adults become more aware of social and cultural stereotypes and promote tolerance and understanding.
Panela velha e’ que faz comida boa (Portuguese) The old pan is the one that makes good food!!

Panela velha e’ que faz comida boa (Portuguese) The old pan is the one that makes good food!!

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About the Curriculum


  • Youth, ages 12-19
  • Older adults
  • Intergenerational audiences


Participants will:

  • Increase understanding of the process of aging
  • Increase communication with family members
  • Develop intergenerational relationships
  • Raise awareness of cultural differences and similarities

Life Skills

  • Communicating
  • Caring for others
  • Thinking and reasoning
  • Empathizing
  • Accepting differences


  • About one hour (or longer, depending on length of discussion)


This curriculum requires a facilitator who presents selected proverbs and engages the participants in discussion and activities related to the theme of the proverb. Discussion points are provided for the facilitator. The curriculum can be used to supplement other programs aimed at promoting intergenerational and multicultural understanding.

Developed by:

Matt Kaplan, Associate Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging
Patreese Ingram, Associate Professor, Diversity
Claudia Mincemoyer, Assistant Professor, 4-H Curriculum

Revised 8/15/03
© The Pennsylvania State University 2003