Bridging the generation gap

Michaels has been a member of the Halfmoon Senior Center for more than 20 years. She organizes the center's ceramics classes and spends her time volunteering at Our Lady of Hope in Latham.

When most children think of seniors, it never crosses their mind that at one point these old adults were once their age, Pettis said.

Intergenerational Day was born of a chance meeting between two old friends.

Three years ago Pettis saw the parents of her best friend from sixth grade while working at the center.

Pettis requested the daughter's number and they decided to meet up. In talking, the women decided to dedicate a day as part of Respect Week, where young people and seniors could get together in a non-intimidating manner and get to know each other.""

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