From the Editor

Posted: January 2, 2014

Welcome to 2014!! This is the time of year when most people focus on new plans and promises. However, I’d like to buck this trend and begin this issue of Penn State’s “Ideas for Intergenerational Living” newsletter by looking to the past. In the “In Memoriam” section, we remember and honor four exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the intergenerational studies field. Although they are no longer with us, their legacies of innovation and leadership live on and continue to inspire us.

Latter sections of the newsletter cover a spate of new intergenerational programs, events, and online resources and reports. As noted below, there is a lot going on at Penn State and its surrounding community. For example, grad student Kendra Taylor describes a series of local encounters in which State College Area High School students and older adult volunteers discuss the “Kite Runner” novel (and theatrical performance at Penn State) and share personal stories of war, conflict, family, and the search for peace. Other local initiatives of note include: Penn State students helping residents of a local retirement community learn how to use Skype, a video in which Distinguished Professor Steven Zarit discusses “Practical Strategies for Lowering Caregiver Stress,” and the online posting of the 2nd edition of FRIDGE, an intergenerational nutrition education curriculum.

As always, send us your “intergenerational news” (to and we’ll make sure to post it in future issues.

Best Regards,
Matt Kaplan, Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging
Penn State University