The pandemic has created a fear of aging. Stronger intergenerational bonds could fix that

Healthcare workers are actively seeking new ways to form intergenerational connections to create a more connected society.

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased concern for the emotional wellness of older Canadians and the mental health of younger people among healthcare workers. Experts believe this has created an opportunity to leverage intergenerational connections to shape the future of elder care in Canada; if this opportunity is not taken, society will be left in a troubling disconnected state.

This story is in partnership with Saint Elizabeth Health (SE Health).

Dr. Justine Giosa’s career in aging research was influenced largely by the bonds she formed with her grandparents at an early age. “Hearing their stories, learning about my family’s history, heritage and traditions shaped my view on aging as a shared human experience that we should all value and celebrate, not fear,” she says. 

Giosa, managing director of the SE Research Centre at SE Health, says that research at SE Health is guided by a life course perspective on aging, where emphasis is placed on authentically engaging people with diverse aging experiences throughout the entire study process. “We want to change the conversation about aging in society from something that happens when you reach retirement age to a lifelong process of biological, psychological, social and spiritual gr

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