2:15 - 2:30 | Initial Needs Assessments in Intergenerational Centers: Reflections from a Spanish Case
The setting up of an intergenerational shared site raises many questions about which will be the best practices to follow and what specific needs should be addressed. In this sense, when the Macrosad Intergenerational Reference Center in Albolote (Spain) had been running for a few months, directorial staff wanted to find out what needs were being met (or not met) by the center. For this purpose, an ad hoc needs study was designed to identify the impressions of all stakeholders (children, seniors, relatives, staff members). As a result of this study, needs related to the center itself, to the intergenerational activities and to the training of the staff were identified, as well as possible practices that could be implemented to improve the functioning of the center.
Speakers: Mariano Sánchez, University of Granada | Carolina Campos, Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies of the University of Granada | Ana Perandrés, Macrosad SCA
2:30 - 2:45 | Empowerment and Intergenerational Relationships as Pathways to Social Inclusion
With the aim of creating new spaces that foster intergenerational relationships and facilitate empowerment over the years, students of the Faculty of Education of Bilbao (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and senior citizens shared spaces. In this sense, after the evaluations carried out, both groups point to the importance of strengthening the empowerment process in which the people themselves are the ones who must acquire awareness and security with the aim of becoming empowered and increase their self-esteem. In this way, according to both groups, they will be able to make decisions that concern them in order to achieve personal and community transformation.
Speakers: Amaia Eiguren, University of the Basque Country | Maitane Picaza, University of the Basque Country | Naiara Berasategi, University of the Basque Country
2:45 - 3:00 PM | Intergenerational Priorities for the 117th Congress
Children, youth and older adults are interconnected parts of our lives and families, yet government policy and programming tend to treat them as separate groups. It’s time for all of us in the U.S. to recognize this interdependence, and to acknowledge that these connections make for stronger communities and a stronger nation. Join Generations United to learn about our intergenerational legislative priorities for the 117th Congress to better enable young, old and those who care for them to prosper individually and as they support one another.
Speaker: Diane Roznowski, Generations United
University of Granada
My trajectory in the intergenerational field started in 1999. It is now 21 years that I have focused more of my career as researcher on the study of intergenerational relationships and programmes. Currently, I am deeply involved on research around Intergenerational Contact Zones such as the unique Macrosads Reference Intergenerational Centre whose research strategy I am responsible for. Furthermore, through the Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies (the only of its kind in the country) we are making progress in the transferring of knowledge to intergenerational practitioners both in Spain and abroad. Piloting a replicable model of intergenerational care centre which may be introduced and expanded in Spain is at the core of my present and future plans as researcher.
Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies of the University of Granada
Carolina is an Occupational Therapist specialized in intergenerational projects. She has been part of the Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies of the University of Granada since March 2019. She develops her work in research, training, dissemination and all those tasks related to the lines of action of the Chair.
University of the Basque Country
Professor of the Department of Didactics School Organization of the Faculty of Education (Leioa, UPV / EHU). Degree in Social Work (2005), specialized teacher of Primary Education (2013) and graduated in Social Education (2017) by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). With a Master's Degree in Psychodidactics: Psychology of Education and Specific Didactics (2018). She is currently doing the doctoral thesis within the doctoral program in Psychodidactics: Educational Psychology and Specific Didactics taking intergenerational relationships as a research area.
University of the Basque Country
Maitane Picaza Gorrotxategi, Doctor in Education from the University of Deusto. Master's Degree in Education from the University of Deusto. University specialist in Human Rights from the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV). Diploma of specialization in Equality of Women and Men by the National University of Distance Education (UNED). Diploma Cooperation and Development Programme (Ulster University). Degree in Teaching from the Camilo Jos
University of the Basque Country
Dr. Naiara Berasategi has a Master Degree in Primary Education, Special Education Teacher, Sociologist, Political Scientist and is Doctor with international mention by the University of the Basque Country. She has been an adjunct professor since February 2017 and has been accredited as an associate professor. Since 2007 she works in the Department of Didactics and School Organization in the Degree in Social Education and Teaching. She has teaching and research experience at the University of the Basque Country in various subjects related to the field of social and educational inclusion, specifically in the immigrant population, youth and children, women, the elderly and people with special educational needs. Previously, she has worked on the design and evaluation of quantitative and qualitative projects.
Diane Roznowski is the Policy and Program Coordinator at Generations United where she works with the National Center on Grandfamilies, a leading voice for families headed by grandparents or other relatives. Diane works on intergenerational policy and specializes in policies related to grandfamilies. She also coordinates engagement with Generations United's GRAND Voices Network, a select group of over 70 grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country. Before joining Generations United, Diane received her BA from American University in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. During her time at American, she completed various internships including ones at the Addiction Policy Forum and the Washington, DC office of Senator Bob Casey. Diane is a proud member of a grandfamily and has shared her story for local and national audiences and with the media.
Ageing Lab Foundation
Ana is a Psychologist and works at the Ageing Lab Foundation.