This category includes programs in which intergenerational activities strengthen, enrich, and connect neighborhoods and communities.
Age2Age Project, United Kingdom, a project that brings together older and younger community residents in joint community activities and in a homeshare project.
“The Role of Intergenerational Initiatives in Reducing Fear of Crime (To Include Supporting the Social Integration of Older People with Disabilities)”, Dr David McConnell, Alan Hatton Yeo, Northern Ireland
Centre for Intergenerational Practice, Beth Johnson Foundation, United Kingdom; numerous examples of intergeneration practice in the United Kingdom
Intergenerational Projects for the LGBT Community, International Longevity Centre, 2011; a toolkit of projects that bring older and younger LGBT community members together
“Connecting Communities through Digital Inclusion”, Age UK London; intergenerational volunteer program in which young people (aged 16-19) shared their IT skills with older people (aged 60+), many of whom have little or no IT knowledge or skills.
Experience Corps, a part of AmeriCorps, has programs in 19 cities nationwide, in which older adults helps K-3 students with literacy.
The Michigan Non-Profit Association has published a guide to Lifelong Civic Engagement that describes opportunities for people of all ages to participate in community service.
In a special 2015 White House Conference on Aging issue of the Gerontologist is a useful article entitled, “Age-Friendly Community Initiatives: Conceptual Issues and Key Questions“. The article highlights the common factors among the different age-friendly community initiatives which support aging in place and also identifies three different approaches that communities have used to further that aim.