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Keep in mind that some older people are very young at heart

People always mention the little kid inside of them.. but not all feel brave enough to show it. Maybe there's an easy way to overcome the gap between teenagers and older adults... remind them that despite the age differences, they have many things in common... http://1000awesomethings.com/2012/02/29/37-old-people-acting-like-little-kids/

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I just wanted to find somethine that reminds us that older people are still young at heart.

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There are ways to create shared opportunities to just have fun and grow engagement from there. Build youth interest by creating a high-visibility event, then offer a number of avenues to continue the connections between youth and older adults.

Perhaps start with a community-supported, youth-driven prom for elders (they have grown in popularity). Involve local youth organizations, high schools, retailers, places of worship, etc. As planning commences, this is a great opportunity to create intergenerational committees, task force(s), etc.. Involve local media, and highlight youth perspectives and feedback. Collect a list of names for future interest groups and perhaps offer fun, competitive challenges around a designated interest. Prom reference: http://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-06-26-senior-citizen-proms/