Take Action Around 'Ping Pong'
- Use a screening of the film to kick off a friendly ping pong tournament in a local assisted living or senior citizen community center.
- Commit to helping one elder in your family or community live a healthier life by taking regular walks with him or her, preparing healthy meals with or for him or her and scheduling activities involving physical movement. Consider developing a "buddy system" within your organization, religious group (such as members of a church, synagogue or mosque) or neighborhood to pair an older person with a younger person.
- Interview local senior athletes and share their stories via local media and/or online outlets such as blogs or video sharing sites.
Get informed about the issues in the film and lead a discussion in your community.
This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use Ping Pong to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.
As baby boomers transition into retirement and younger people are taxed to fund social security and services for the growing population of elderly people, intergenerational understanding is increasingly important. This lesson contributes to that understanding while also providing a writing opportunity that is especially appropriate for English language learners. In this lesson, students will use film clips from the documentary Ping Pong to examine stereotypes about senior citizens. As part of that examination, they will look at adjectives typically used to describe the elderly and write news stories reporting on the events they saw in the film clips.
This list of fiction and nonfiction books, compiled by Rachael Weyand of Portland Public Library, provides a range of perspectives on the issues raised by the POV documentary Ping Pong.