“I would see them out at events and they seemed like a fantastic couple,” she says.
So one evening Silva-Collins struck up a conversation with the director’s wife, now 70.
In her late 30s, Theresa Carey faced a career dilemma.
She’d left her law practice to teach at-risk junior high students, but a school reorganization soon put her back in the job market.
“A lot of the stereotypes about temperament and generational differences are really true,” says Nussbaum, and that can lead to miscommunication.
With those differences in mind, you’re better prepared to dive in and look for interests that transcend age.
Candelaria Silva-Collins found common ground with an older friend in her profession.
A 58-year-old writer and arts marketing professional in Boston, Silva-Collins attended social gatherings where she regularly encountered an older couple — a museum director and his wife.Their shared interest in the arts formed their initial bond, but over time their friendship deepened.“She teaches me a lot about being vital and vibrant.” With common interests at their core, intergenerational friendships can blossom into rich, profoundly satisfying connections.The other might be talking about Le Bron James.” Similar challenges are echoed by Jon F.Nussbaum, Ph D, a professor at Penn State who researches intergenerational communication.“Younger people are still in the phase where they’re experimenting with life,” she says.