Intergenerational Programs & Spaces

Intergenerational shared sites are settings where children, youth and older adults participate in services and/or programs concurrently at the same site or on the same campus.

Participants interact during regular planned intergenerational activities, as well as through informal encounters. In addition to shared sites, these settings can be referred to as intergenerational spaces, centers, care/day care, etc.

Generations United’s created and operates the National Center on Intergenerational Shared Sites to provide training, technical assistance, toolkits and guides, program recognition, seed grants, networking, and other activities to support this emerging field.

Project Intergenerational Solutions for Healthy Aging in Michigan
Generations United, with support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, is planning and piloting an intergenerational initiative with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.
Publication La Tiendita: An Intergenerational Entrepreneurship Program
This is the program development manual for “La Tiendita” (little shop in Spanish), a two year intergenerational entrepreneurship program designed to help reduce social isolation among Latino older adults and foster intergenerational understanding and empathy.
Video Connecting Generations Strengthening Communities
This video showcases different award-winning intergenerational programs.
Video Time Out Respite Program
Time Out is an in-home support program in which college students provide quality, low-cost respite services to families caring for the frail elderly. The program seeks to reduce caregiver stress and the social isolation commonly experienced by caregivers and their elderly relatives, and offers college students valuable experience in geriatrics.