Everyone wants to feel valued. Intergenerational activities are a great way for young and old to learn from one another, honor what each has to offer and, at the same time, feel good about themselves.
The following list of resources — from AARP and elsewhere — relate to Domain 5 of the "8 Domains of Livability." The content is categorized into three groups by level of difficulty, with the first group generally being the easiest reads for people new to this work and the third featuring deeper, data- and policy-heavy papers and reports.
Introductory and Easy-to-Use Resources
- Generation Games: The Sporting Event Connecting People of All Ages
The Generation Games invite multigenerational teams (of children, parents, grandparents, students alumni and other generation-combinations) to participate in sports including football, (wheelchair) tennis, basketball, chess, judo, rowing, fitness, etc. (Towards an Age-Friendly EU)
Tool Kits and Comprehensive Overviews
- A Handbook for Cultural Engagement with Older Men
The absence of men’s participation in cultural arts activities can have a devastating impact on their health and well-being as they age. Engaging with the arts and related activities can help prevent loneliness and provide a person's daily life with meaning and pleasure. (The Baring Foundation)
- Age-Friendly Inclusive Services: A Practical Guide to Creating Welcoming LGBT Organizations
Created in consultation with LGBT organizations around the U.S. that serve older adults, is intended to help LGBT centers understand the unique challenges that LGBT people face as they get older, and provide you with some tools and strategies to ensure that LGBT older adults feel more included and safe in LGBT organizations. (National Resource Center on LGBT Aging)
- Intergenerational Projects for the LGBT Community: A Tool Kit to Inspire and Inform
Aimed at practitioners, but also policy makers and educators, the tool kit addresses the lack of interaction between older and younger lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, which then leads to an absence of any kind of intergenerational support or positive older role models.The tool covers how to develop a process model to help set up an intergenerational LGBT project. (The International Longevity Centre)
In-Depth Reports, Policy Papers and Analysis
- Active Living and Social Equity: Creating Healthy Communities for All Residents
The International City/County Management Association provides a tool box of local government strategies for promoting active living equitably and highlights notable examples of local initiatives from around the country. (ICMA)
Published Summer 2015. Compiled by Katelyn Dwyer and Joseph Cheatham.