Activities and curricula designed to engage youth and older adults in constructive dialogue about their community and issues related to community development.

Futures Festival

An Intergenerational Perspective to Community Development

Heritage Circles

This activity matches older adults, who are knowledgeable about the distinctive history of an area, with young people who would like to learn more about that history. Before the event, the older adults prepare brief presentations on select aspects of the area’s historical and cultural heritage; at the event, they are paired with children/youth on a rotating basis.

Intergenerational Community Development ... A Practice Guide

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Intergenerational Unity Forums

An intergenerational approach for addressing community issues - Applications in the UK (Kaplan & Hatton-Yeo, 2008).

Aging in Place ... with a Little Help from Our Friends

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An overview for Grantmakers about aging in the community

Intergenerational Contact Zones: A Compendium of Applications

This online publication consists of 14 chapters that highlight specific applications of the Intergenerational Contact Zones (ICZ) concept. The focus is on creating community settings that welcome age- and generation- diverse populations, provide opportunities for meaningful intergenerational engagement, and enrich community life.

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive.

This 2018 report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites.

An intergenerational outdoor space constructed in Baltimore, MD

AARP Maryland, AARP Foundation and their Experience Corps Program as well as Real School Gardens and Baltimore City Schools worked together to create this space at a Baltimore inner city elementary school. They worked within the parameters of their available budget, the skills and capacity of each partner, and the assets of their desired location.

Planning Across Generations

The Planning Across Generations project, led by Professor Mildred Warner (Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University), addresses how communities can benefit from planning to meet the needs of both families with children and the aging population.

American Planning Association: Family Friendly Communities

A toolkit for planning, engagement and action.

La Piazza

Technology enhanced public spaces for intergenerational learning.

The Viable Futures Center: Age-Wave Community Planning

A body of resources introducing various approaches for addressing the issues presented by the demographic trend of population aging. The orientation is one of promoting coordinated planning across organizations, governmental units, and commissions.

Intergenerational Spaces Lab (Spain)
Intergenerational Learning Spaces - Panel presentation

Panelists: Arthur Chang, AIA, Senior Project Architect, NADAAA; Matthew Kaplan, PhD, Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging, Penn State University; Margaret Sullivan, Principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio; and Joyce Weil, PhD, Curriculum Manager, Older Adults Technology Center (OATS). [Sponsored by the AIA/Center for Architecture, New York - March 2020]

What would a truly intergenerational community look like? (article)

Designing Inclusive Communities. Insights from Nancy Morrow-Howell. Article by Rosalind Early (Nov. 12, 2020), published in "The Source" (Washington University in St. Louis).

Creating Parks & Public Spaces for People of All Ages

A step-by-step guide for creating and improving green spaces and public spaces for people of all ages (by AARP Livable Communities, 8 80 Cities and The Trust for Public Land).

Where We Live: Communities for All Ages (AARP series)

Ideas, projects, and programs for how the "experienced class" (people who enhance communities through their skills and life lessons, influence and involvement) help communities respond to pressing issues, build partnerships, and improve community quality of life).

Addressing Social Isolation through the Built Environment

Addressing Social Isolation through the Built Environment (Dec. 10, 2020) is a one hour webinar featuring international urban scholar and practitioner Michael Mehaffy and Philip B. Stafford, anthropologist and Co-Design Director of Commons Planning, Inc.

Planning for the Needs of an Aging Population

This is the title of an article in "Planning Magazine" (Winter 2021), written by Meghan Stromberg and published by the American Planning Association. Includes links to three podcast-interviews: "Is Your Environment Limiting Your Functioning?" (Esther Greenhouse), "Changing Demographics and Livable Communities" (Rodney Harrell), and "Why We Need More Intergenerational Policies, Programs, and Places" (Matt Kaplan).

It Takes a Multigenerational Village to Raise Foster Kids

Planned, intergenerational communities can help support families raising foster children, as well as youth and elders seeking low-income housing and community. ["Stanford Social Innovation Review" article - by Derenda Schubert, Renee Mosely, Lindsay Magnuson, and Sarah Feldman.]

One Community - Many Generations - Guidebook

Outline providing details on the "One Community—Many Generations" intergenerational community engagement guide and online community assessment tool. Developed by Penn State Extension, in partnership with AARP.

Guía de Centros Intergeneracionales [Intergenerational Shared Sites] - In Spanish

Intergenerational Shared Sites: Concepts, models, and best practices. Full reference: Sánchez, M., Rodríguez, A., Campos, C., Castillo, M., Bonachela, R., and González, L. (2021). Guía de Centros Intergeneracionales. Concepto y claves de puesta en marcha (Documento no2) [Intergenerational shared sites: Concept and start-up keys (Doc. #2)] Granada: Cátedra Macrosad de Estudios Intergeneracionales de la Universidad de Granada.

"Intergenerational Contact Zones" - Book review

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Joy, M. (2021). Book Review of Kaplan, Thang, Sanchez and Hoffman (Eds.). Intergenerational Contact Zones: Place-based Strategies for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging. New York: Routledge. 2020. Anthropology & Aging, 42(1), pp.167-169. ISSN 2374-2267 (online) DOI 10.5195/aa.2021.345

Bringing Together Young And Old To Ease The Isolation Of Rural Life

This NPR story (5 minute video clip) provides highlights from rural communities in Minessota that are tackling social isolation and loneliness via a statewide intergenerational program funded by the Northland Foundation, called "AGE to age".

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging

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Matthew Kaplan, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging