The Past Empowering the Present: Intergenerational Solidarity Improving the Quality of Life

  • Laura DryjanskaEmail author
  • Roberto Giua
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 77)


This chapter focuses on intergenerational solidarity towards older adults as one of the ways to improve the quality of life. The authors discuss the Train the Brain Protocol, which includes diverse practices, such as physical exercise, cognitive stimulation, diet, art-therapy, etc. The study evaluates the reminiscence approach within the theoretical framework of social representations, taking into account that younger generations are dependent on the memory of older people, but they do not always have the culture of preservation of cultural heritage. Thanks to the collaboration of centres for older adults in the city of Rome and young volunteers, it was possible to apply the reminiscence approach that concentrated on urban socially constructed realities through the memories of participants. Young people (age between 20 and 30) have engaged older persons in reminiscence activities discussing the memories of the city of Rome, places significant to participants and their daily practices in the urban setting.


Intergenerational solidarity Cultural heritage Reminiscence Memories Social representations Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rosemead School of PsychologyBiola UniversityLa Mirada, CAUSA
  2. 2.Intergenerational Family Solidarity Across Europe COST ActionBrusselsBelgium

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