I am at an interesting point in my career. Looking back, I can measure the influence that the ideas like the Eden Alternative and the Green House have had in the field. Looking forward, I can see the need for new leaders with new voices and new perspectives.
The Erickson School is dedicated to growing a new generation of leaders who will take the aging adventure farther than we can even imagine today. That’s why I joined the faculty, that’s why I think the school will, in the not too distant future, be world famous.
Carrie Ryan will, I expect, be one of those leaders. With her permission, I have posted a message that she recently sent to me. I’m hoping that Carrie stays in touch and keeps me, and the readers of this blog, up to date on her personal and professional growth.
I’d be thrilled if she made Erickson/UMBC her top pick for undergraduate school. She’d be an amazing student and I’d love to have her in class.
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I was thrilled to come upon your book and your blog Changing Aging. I am a senior in high school at Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena, California and am interested in pursuing a career in the field of gerontology. With my interest and passion for the elderly, I have decided to create an organization: Bridging the Gap between Generations.
Over my years in high school, I have noticed my peer’s lack of regard and fear for the elderly. In order to vanquish this fear and to inspire a more accommodating and respectful attitude for the elderly among my generation, I am trying to increase the interactions between the elderly and the young. I have matched a local retirement community, Monte Vista Grove homes, with my high school and I am beginning to set up a computer lab at their community.
Students will be tutoring the retirees on this new technology and as the students tutor them, the retirees will act as a mentor for their tutor throughout their years in high school.
Two nights ago, I came across your book, What Are Old People for? in the bookstore and was astounded to find the same idea. I just wanted to email you about my excitement in finding our similar ideas and to also ask for your input on how to best carry out this organization.
Do you have any other ideas I could possibly do to bridge this gap? I would love to hear from you!
Thank you for your time!