Students of social gerontology at Alma Mater know the importance of intergenerational gatherings and meetings. These have positive effects on the older and younger generations. This time, they passed on their knowledge, skills, and abilities to motivate the elderly to a quality and productive life at the Retirement Home in Ptuj. Children from the elementary school Ljudski vrt Ptuj also joined.
Study programs in Social Gerontology are a response to one of the most topical topics of modern times - the aging society. Demographic, economic, and political factors indicate the urgent need for the connection of all generations and solidarity between them. "Intergenerational learning makes an important contribution to leveling the disparity between generations. It overcomes social inequality, strengthens better understanding and respect between generations, contributes to the individual's competencies and the development of his possibilities, and constructs a more inclusive society," emphasizes professor Jana Goriup.
At the meeting of elementary school students and the elderly, the students presented the work and profession of a social gerontologist. They performed exercises to strengthen memory and concentration, which, in addition to solving tasks, also represent intergenerational socializing and connecting with the elderly. "We prepared various logical tasks, crosswords, from dot to dot, looked for differences in pictures, and put together puzzles. The most important thing is that we had fun and learned a lot from each other," says Vesna Štumbereger Kukovec, a second-year student in the social gerontology program.
Many experts note that older people are unfairly pushed out of social life. "We should strengthen the role of the elderly as important transmitters of culture to the younger generations," believes Jana Goriup, who encourages such activities among students at Alma Mater.