2021 Virtual
Intergenerational Conference

June 15-17, 2021

RECORDING | WS-A-3 - Lives Well Lived: Intergenerational Projects Connecting Generations

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RECORDING | WS-A-3 - Lives Well Lived: Intergenerational Projects Connecting Generations
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The purpose of this session is to facilitate interaction between older adults and young adults so they may both gain a deeper understanding of one another and share with each other knowledge and wisdom about living a life well lived. The coronavirus pandemic has spotlighted issues of loneliness and social isolation. Intergenerational connections are a must to minimize the divide between generations and cultures through sharing knowledge and communication. We need to grow a movement towards intergenerational connections by building bridges to a multigenerational and multicultural future. We have a generation of elders who've lived through the toughest of times, and now a generation is coming of age during the toughest of times. If we can find our common ground by creating intergenerational connections—especially in times of social unrest and isolation—we can help one another create a better tomorrow.

Sky Bergman

Cal Poly State University

Sky Bergman is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and educator. Her first feature documentary Lives Well Lived celebrates the wisdom of adults aged 75 to 100. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. The film has screened in more than 200 cities, won eight awards, and the theatrical run garnered enthusiastic reviews including a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It will air on PBS in May 2021 as part of Older Americans Month. Bergman is currently a Professor of Photography and Video at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, where she has been teaching since 1995.

Sara Bartlett

Cal Poly State University

Sara Bartlett is a licensed clinical social worker in California. Her background is in medical social work and social work with older adults. Sara currently teaches Sociology of the Life Cycle and Psychology of Aging at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Sara received her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Gerontology from UC Davis, her MSW with an aging concentration from UC Berkeley, and recently graduated with her DSW from Penn, where her dissertation was focused on intergenerational service-learning. Her goal is to inspire college students to go into careers in aging.