Join us in celebrating Global Intergenerational Week this week, from April 25th to May 1st. This week-long campaign is run by Generations Working Together and aims to connect and inspire individuals, groups, and organizations to better embrace intergenerational practice by connecting people of all ages.
This week is about getting more individuals involved in a global intergenerational conversation, including sharing ideas about how to make connections between generations and inspiring others to take action that builds strong intergenerational relationships in their communities. You can share your story about generations working together on social media using the #IntergenerationalWeek hashtag!
“Intergenerational activity is about more than bringing younger and older people together, it is a systemic approach to community development and wellbeing that recognizes and values the contribution of all generations who live there. This means we all have a role in supporting the growth of intergenerational approaches collaboratively.” – Generations Working Together
What are the different types of intergenerational activity?
- Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities to promote a greater understanding, respect, and inclusivity between generations.
- Intergenerational care is the practice of bringing together young and older generations where opportunities for care are the main focus of an intergenerational relationship.
- Intergenerational learning brings together people of all ages to learn from each other and work together to gain skills, values and knowledge.
What are the benefits of intergenerational activity?
Intergenerational relationships help to reduce loneliness and isolation, and create friendships and social connections among different age groups. Intergenerational activities also boost the well-being of individuals and their communities by creating opportunities for all generations to feel valued, enhance learning and skill sharing across all age groups, and increase understanding and sharing of experience between generations.
By the numbers
(According to Generations United)
- 2 in 3 Americans would like to spend more time with people outside their age group
- 92% of Americans believe intergenerational activities can help reduce loneliness
- 66.7 million of adults in America live in an multigenerational household
- By 2040, older adults, children and youth combined will make up over 40% of the population in the United States
To learn more about intergenerational relationships, recent projects, programs, and public policy initiatives, visit Generations United.
To learn more, you can view the 2022 Intergenerational Week campaign’s themes for each day of this weeklong celebration.
We’re celebrating Global Intergenerational Week because we know the value of different generations coming together! Share your story with others on social media by tagging #IntergenerationalWeek