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The set of strategies and examples outlined in this monograph focus on ways that intergenerational approaches can add value to efforts to build healthy communities. As the racial generational gap grows and immigration trends continue to impact the distribution of resources and the nature of age relations, this approach can help strengthen the social compact, promote understanding of generational interdependence
across the life course, recognize the contributions of all ages, and highlight health disparities and inequities across the life course.
This approach is about more than services and programs; it is about a sense of collective rather than individual responsibility for the health and well-being of individuals of all ages, and a willingness to work together for the common good.