Senior Sensitivity Training – An Intergenerational Approach to Compassion and Awareness of the Aging Process

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific


Presented by ASA’s Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

This seminar will help attendees learn about an interactive program developed by a small nonprofit agency to increase awareness of the aging process. Youth volunteers are eager to rake leaves, play bingo and help older adults with basic needs. The staff at Interfaith Senior Programs in southeastern Wisconsin developed this customizable training program to prepare youth volunteers for intergenerational activities. Activities use everyday items and provide opportunities for young people to experience how glaucoma makes it challenging to read a prescription bottle, arthritis can make buttoning a blouse difficult and what it might feel like to forget your most treasured memories. The training has been used in congregations, schools, scout troops and recreation departments, resulting in increased compassion for older adults and increased awareness of how young people can assist older adults in their own communities.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify three exercises that can be replicated for use in their own presentations and programs;
  • List the research-based foundation for three of the activities; and,
  • Identify two outcomes that can be achieved through implementing the training.


Kathy Gale has since 2001 served as executive director of Interfaith Senior Programs of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The agency provides services to 1,100 seniors annually and places 800 seniors as volunteers throughout the Waukesha County community.