Pat Quinn, Governor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jan Costello
April 6, 2001
SPRINGFIELD, IL Illinois Department on Aging Director Margo E. Schreiber announced today that a statewide satellite teleconference to be held May 16, 2001, will promote dialogue among five generations and will emphasize the importance of helping family caregivers.
The teleconference, titled "Intergenerational Dialogue: A Tool for Solving Problems," will originate from Springfield and will feature Dr. James Gambone, a national authority on the benefits of intergenerational communication.
Dr. Gambone and representatives of five living generations will discuss the characteristics of each generation, and how they may work together to address community needs. The generations range from the "G. I. Generation" those born between 19011931 to the "Millennial Generation" those born between 1982 2003.
The Illinois Department on Aging is sponsoring the event, along with the University of Illinois Extension Services and the Illinois State Library. The event will highlight Intergenerational Week celebrated May 13 19, 2001.
"We look forward to encouraging the use of this dialogue for resolving family, community and organizational problems," Schreiber said. "We all know of the positive impact of seniors on younger generations in everyday, informal situations. Intergenerational programs are intended to give all the generations meaningful opportunities to learn to build relationships with one another."
Groups encouraged to participate in the teleconference include social service agencies, clergy, garden clubs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brother/Big Sister programs, health care workers, AARP, retiree groups and more.
"The teleconference will provide the opportunity for generations to discuss positive ways to work together," Schreiber said. "New ways to help family caregivers will be explored, especially how to lessen the stress of those who are caring for an aging parent and raising children at the same time."
Individuals gathered at each of the thirteen statewide satellite broadcast sites will discuss issues with Dr. Gambone and representatives of five generations. A facilitator will be present at each of the thirteen sites. Group discussions involving the five generations will follow.
The satellite broadcast will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. Please see the list below for locations.
For more information or to register, contact Aaron Wayne at the Illinois Department on Aging at 217-558-4165 or visit our web site at www.state.il.us/aging. The web site also includes materials for more communities to participate. Or, call the Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966 (Voice and TTY).
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