America’s Best Intergenerational Communities 2013

Generations United and MetLife Foundation are pleased to honor four incredible communities with the 2013 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards.

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Dunedin, Florida; Itta Bena, Mississippi; Montgomery County, Maryland, and Westchester County, New York all build on the positive resources that community members of each generation have to offer to each other and those around them. They advance policies and practices that both acknowledge and promote intergenerational interdependence.

We are also pleased to recognize Chanute, Kansas and Proctor, Minnesota as national finalists for the
award. We are impressed by the commitment of these towns to developing an intergenerational
community and we will follow and celebrate their continued growth and progress in the future.

These six communities, along with the five communities recognized last year, show what is possible when the government, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and community residents come together to unleash the power of intergenerational experiences to help people of all ages thrive in their communities.

Generations United and MetLife Foundation created the Best Intergenerational Community Awards to heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities. A panel of judges selected the winning entries from an excellent pool of applicants from across the country. The judges made their recommendations based on standard criteria that take into account a community’s own demographics, services, programs and organizational structure. We recognized communities for their specific intergenerational successes, not as compared to other applicants.

This report presents a brief look at the award-winning communities. We have included a profile on each community that includes:

  • A snapshot of community demographics
  • A description of intergenerational work
  • Quotes from younger and older community residents
  • Images of intergenerational connections in action