Legacies is as attractive to teachers as it is to students. The listening skills involved in interviewing, the comprehension needed to catalog and data tag the video, and the decision-making needed to boil down hours of footage into a video presentation for class, fosters deep and profound learning for students. Events that previously seemed remote to them, come alive through the stories of community elders.
Many gerontology programs are closing for a lack of students—at the very time when career opportunities in elder care are starting to explode. Legacies helps to address this important problem by serving as a career awareness experience for young people—students who participate in Legacies report radically different impressions of elders and elder communities from the negative preconceptions they had going in.