Articles on "Intergenerational"

The Neighborhood You Dream About
June 27, 2014 8:49 pm

The Neighborhood You Dream About

The Village Movement is Prompting Communities to Think about Creative Solutions for Aging in Place Imagine you are living in a community where you know your neighbors. Imagine that your patio needs weeding, and you prefer not to do it. In this neighborhood, a simple phone call can have someone over to take care of your weeding. Perhaps you need some home repairs, or you are returning home from the hospital after surgery and need some assistance. In this neighborhood, […]

Creating Livable Communities
December 19, 2013 9:58 pm

Creating Livable Communities

Intergenerational living has the potential to benefit individuals from all generations, from young children to seniors. To help towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. make their communities friendly to an aging population, the MetLife Mature Market Institute has released planning tips, Creating a Livable Community: Engaging All Generations and Improving Quality of Life. The tips are derived from the study, Livable Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place, which found that localities can follow relatively simple and low cost […]

October 3, 2012 6:26 pm

Call for Proposals/Awards – Generations United

The Call for Proposals for the Generations United 17th International Conference is now available at Please consider submitting a proposal.  The deadline is December 1, 2012. The MetLife/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award application is available at  If you think your community is deserving, apply today.  The deadline is November 30, 2012.

July 25, 2012 5:36 pm

Researchers create guide for intergenerational classrooms at nursing homes

A Kansas State University researcher and writing team are developing ways for nursing home residents and elementary school students to learn in a shared setting: an intergenerational classroom. Stephanie Gfeller, research assistant and instructor with the College of Human Ecology’s Center on Aging, has recently published a guidebook — “Uniting Wonder With Wisdom, An Intergenerational Classroom Replication Guide” — outlining ways to create a successful intergenerational program involving nursing home residents and kindergarten and preschool students. Others at Kansas State […]

April 2, 2012 5:27 pm

Americas Best Intergenerational Communities Announced

Generations United and MetLife Foundation are pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. City of Georgetown, Texas Town of Lamoni, Iowa City of Oberlin, Ohio County of San Diego, California Virginia Planning District 10 (which includes the following city and counties) City of Charlottesville Albermarle County Fluvanna County Greene County Louisa County Nelson County We created these awards to heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities. A blue-ribbon panel […]

New Faces and Helping Hands at a Retirement Community
March 21, 2012 6:23 pm

New Faces and Helping Hands at a Retirement Community

By Nancy Nolan, Director of Marketing & PR, Foulkeways at Gwynedd Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa. graduates approximately 220 nurses annually.  For the first time in the School‘s history, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) has been added to their roster of hands-on training sites. Students, as part of their curriculum, are required to complete their clinical practicum in a variety of specialties such as Medical/Surgical, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Community Health Nursing. Foulkeways at Gwynedd, the […]

A Lifelong Learner in a Retirement Community
March 21, 2012 5:27 pm

A Lifelong Learner in a Retirement Community

By Christy Brudin At an early age, Betty McGee showed an aptitude for academics. She won the first of several scholarships while still in her teens. Today, her pursuit of education continues unabated. A true lifelong learner, Betty is a great example of the importance — and impact — of education. Whether she is in pottery, painting or music classes or attending a lecture, Betty can often be found at the Center for Lifelong Learning at Chandler Hall, the retirement […]

MIT Engineers Create “Old Age Suit” – Video
February 22, 2012 5:42 pm

MIT Engineers Create “Old Age Suit” – Video

AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System) Overview AGNES is a suit worn by students, product developers, designers, engineers, marketing, planners, architects, packaging engineers, and others to better understand the physical challenges associated with aging. Developed by AgeLab researchers and students, AGNES has been calibrated to approximate the motor, visual, flexibility, dexterity and strength of a person in their mid-70s. AGNES has been used in retail, public transportation, home, community, automobile, workplace and other environments.    A Closer Look Knee and […]

November 29, 2011 5:47 pm

“Seniors” not ready for “Senior Centers” Yet? reports on the resistance for many baby boomers to join senior centers, citing our “strong youth culture” as key reason not to join.  The article also cites several strategies that senior centers are employing including “Golden Zumba” and even consider bringing the nostalgia of “disco” back to attract baby boomers. Still the centers have an uphill battle, as Patricia Kahlbaugh, a psychology professor at Southern Connecticut State University and baby boomer states in the article, “You see it a […]

October 24, 2011 5:38 pm


$100,000 prize recognizes excellence by non-profit organizations in uniting generations to improve communities The Eisner Foundation ( announced that the Intergenerational Center at Temple University was selected to receive the inaugural $100,000 Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence in recognition of its comprehensive and wide-ranging efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – to bring about positive, lasting changes in communities across Philadelphia and beyond. The Eisner Foundation will also work with Intergenerational Center to replicate aspects of […]