local neighborhood, South Korea
grandchildren, Saebom (9 y.o.), Likes to play digital games, Sonbom (5 y.o.), Likes to play yut (a traditional Korean game) with her in the living room, 4. Intergenerational conversations are greatly facilitated by having things to bond over (e.g. games like chess & yut; interests like cars, music, sports)
8. just watching her grandchildren play brightens her day and makes her happy!
Her grandchildren live close, so they see each other often. They often come over for brunch with their parents, and she often drives them to after school activities.
2. Playing games facilitates communication between grandparents and grandchildren because participation is more egalitarian.
3. Advice given by grandparents to grandchildren in isolation / daily life is viewed as authoritative and is not readily accepted.
setting, assisted living facility, birthday party, Met a senior on the way to the bathroom, "He seemed lonely", "He wanted to talk", "He wanted to play chess", telephone, Is often weeping over hardships, 11. Intergenerational connections are difficult when seniors express deep emotions (like sadness or loneliness), Repeats the same questions within a call (e.g. "what grade are you in?"). This bores him.
motivation, stories, baby stories about him, 6. Shared creation of autobiographies is important for young people in establishing their identities in relation to family and culture., stories about his family before he was born
timing/frequency/followup, periodic, infrequent (due to hardships in communication, and fewer common interests, compared to his paternal grandparents)
setting, local retirement home, 1. Interactions with seniors are important to children - they recall vivid details from relatively short encounters., Fell asleep repeatedly during conversations. Physically struggled to speak., 5. The harder it is to communicate, the more difficult it is to be excited by the connection, making it weaker.
setting, San Francisco, Hawaii
motivation, They are active and youthful. Grandpa drives a ferrari and listens to Eminem, 5. The stronger the connection between two people, the easier it is to communicate. Conversely, the easier it is to communicate, the stronger the connection that is formed.
timing/frequency/followup, Frequent communication via phone, text (grandpa only), IM & video chat (grandma only)., 7. Seniors and children utilize different modes of communication depending on frequency and distance of personal interactions.
Gifts, seniors -> children, stories, 9. Stories transmitted from seniors to children are important "gifts", coins (quarters), children -> seniors, cards, etc., 10. Small artifacts (cards, etc.) given from children to seniors are important "gifts", depends on what the elderly person values in children