Cross-Generational Understanding

The humor and information website recently published an article titled “5 Lies Millennials and Baby Boomers Believe About Each Other.” It sets out to debunk the generalizations often made by social and political commentators who lament the flaws of the young generation or the perceived loss of traditional values.

But as the title suggests, it also pushes back against the impulse to respond with similar generalizations about older generations. It is, in other words, an attempt to promote understanding among Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials.

Articles like this might be interesting reading for anyone who is looking at the possibility of relocation to a senior housing facility and is worried about becoming the crotchety sort of old person they swore they would never become when they were younger.

It’s worth remembering that your generation was probably subject to its own criticisms when you were young. You and your peers turned out fine, and chances are that Millennials will do the same. If you keep this in mind, you’ll feel a lot better about retiring, moving into senior housing, and leaving the world to a generation that is no less equipped to life in the 21st century than you were to life in the 20th.

It’s reasonable to worry about how your children and grandchildren are turning out, but alarmism is uncalled for. Every generation has foreseen doom for what is to come after they’re gone, and they’ve all been wrong. Cross-generational criticisms are often overstated, and so you should probably avoid viewing younger generations through a negative lens.

If you do, the time you have left may be filled with more pleasant interactions with everyone, from visiting relatives to the staff of your senior housing facility.