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Overview

The National Council on Aging defines "intergenerational programs" as "activities or programs that increase cooperation, interaction or exchange between any two generations. They involve the sharing of skills, knowledge, or experience between old and young."
Charles Grossman (left), a resident at Foxdale Village, and Matthew Olivia, a student at the Friends School, share a quiet moment of reading together, State College, PA.  Photo: Mary Ann Curren, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Foxdale Village.

Charles Grossman (left), a resident at Foxdale Village, and Matthew Olivia, a student at the Friends School, share a quiet moment of reading together, State College, PA. Photo: Mary Ann Curren, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, Foxdale Village.

"Penn State Intergenerational Program:" Service Delivery Strategies

Public Education

Activity Packages

  • Tools and Resources for Intergenerational Learning (TRIAL) "Toolboxes"
  • Proverbs Curriculum (for Intergenerational and Intercultural Understanding)
  • Futures Festival: An Intergenerational Special Events Model
  • Generation Celebration Curriculum (Revised)
  • Intergenerational Activities Sourcebook

Demonstration Programs-Design & Test Intergenerational Models in Various Contexts

  • Environmental Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Community Planning/Visioning
  • Farm Continuity Planning
  • Retirement Communities

General Areas of Consultation

  • Intergenerational Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Task Force and Support Group Development)
  • Intergenerational Networks:
    • Network Formation
    • Network Sustainability
 
For more information on the Penn State Intergenerational Program, contact:
Matt Kaplan, Ph.D., Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging
Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
Penn State University
7A Ferguson
University Park, PA 16802
E-mail: msk15@psu.edu
Ph: (814) 863-7871 
 

Contact Information

Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education
Email:
Phone: 814-863-7871