Intergenerational

Generations of Hope
Generations United
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR)
Grandletters - an Intergenerational Correspondence Program
Sages for the Ages: Stories that Touch and Teach

Sages of the Ages: Stories that Touch and Teach is a collaborative project of the University of Maryland, the College of Health and Human Performance, the Department of Family Science, Maryland Cooperative Extension, and the Maryland Family Community Education organization.

AARP Experience Corps
Foster Grandparent Program
Gen2Gen
Virtual Family Tree
Intergenerational Travel (grandparent-grandchild)
"Our Family is Creative! Collaborative Problem Solving"

This collection from Purdue University offers activities and ideas to help parents and/or caregivers, children, youth, young adults, and older adults to enhance problem solving skills together.

Intergenerational Dance - Kairos Alive

"Kairos Alive" conducts intergenerational, intercultural performances which they bring to schools, nursing homes, museums, parks, community centers, online webcasts, and formal performance spaces. All ages, all backgrounds, all abilities — dancing together.

Rationale and Recommendations for Strengthening the Intergenerational Agenda within Cooperative Extension

This 2009 "white paper" provides examples of innovative and well conceived intergenerational programs in Extension and lays out some strategic directions and recommendations for building Extension's capacity in this program area. [Authors: M. Kaplan, L. Forthun, A. Nichols, K. Kostelecky, J. Johnston, M. Corbin, B. Elrod, and C. Crocoll]

Growing with Age: Unlocking the Power of the Multigenerational Workforce.

AARP International developed the digital learning platform "Growing with Age," an online, interactive tool for better understanding the impact of age diversity and inclusion on an organization's overall performance. Benefits include: organizational resilience, productivity, increased market potential and innovation.

Intergenerational Shared Sites - resource list

Reports and resources (from Generations United) for developing and strengthening IG (intergenerational) shared sites. Includes: an article on "Federal funding opportunities for IG shared sites" (2020), an "IG shared site fact sheet" (2020), and an "IG Evaluation Toolkit" (2019).

Koreatown Storytelling Program

An intergenerational, multilingual and multiethnic oral history and digital media program that teaches ethnographic and storytelling techniques to high school students and elders to investigate cultural practices and racial, economic and health inequities in our community. Based in Los Angeles, CA.

Family Matters: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise and Here to Stay

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This 2021 report from Generations United highlights how the number of Americans living in a multigenerational household with three or more generations has nearly quadrupled over the past decade, with a dramatic increase of 271 percent from 2011 to 2021 (7 percent vs. 26 percent).

The Encore Intergenerational Vaccine Corps

This Encore.org initiatives mobilizes retired medical professionals - and volunteers of all ages working alongside them - to help vaccinate 300,000 people in north and east San Francisco Bay Area who need it most. Marc Freedman, Encore.org CEO writes, "The Vaccine Corps, and other co-generational projects like it, can help us survive the pandemic and thrive beyond it."

The engAGED Innovations Hub

The engAGED "Social Engagement Innovations Hub" provides access to information on a wide range of effective and emerging social engagement programs, many of which contain an intergenerational component. [engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, is a national effort to increase the social engagement of older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers by expanding and enhancing the Aging Network’s capacity to offer social engagement.]

Intergenerational National Service by, With, and for All Ages

In this EJournal of Public Affairs article, Phyllis Segal, Senior Fellow at Encore.org, highlights the multifaceted rationale and provides numerous examples of "Intergenerational National Service."

Meeting the Multigenerational Moment

This series of 13 essays, published by the Stanford Social Inovation Review, in partnership with Encore and the Eisner Foundation, showcases the role of innovation in bringing generations together to solve critical social problems.

Promoting an Age-Inclusive Workforce: Living, Learning and Earning Longer

This OECD report (2020) provides a business case for embracing greater age diversity at the workplace and debunks several myths about generational differences in work performance, attitudes and motivations towards work.

Aging

AARP: Caregiving Resource Center
Alzheimer's Disease Workshops

A partnership between Penn State Extension and the Alzheimer's Association.

American Society on Aging
Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 (National Alliance for Caregiving)

The 2020 update reveals an increase in the number of family caregivers in the United States of 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020. Family caregivers now encompass more than one in five Americans. The study also reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago.

Eldercare Locator Website

The Administration for Community Living launches newly redesigned Eldercare Locator website (2018). , the updated website makes it easier for older adults and their caregivers to find essential aging resources.

Ethnic Elders Care Network
Family Caregiver Alliance
"It's Their Turn" - Education, support and inspiration for grandparents

"It's Their Turn" provides counseling, education, and support for grandparents, particularly those grandparents who provide care for grandchildren. Their support groups for new and not-so-new grandparents are offered in Oakland, CA. For more information, contact Cynthia Kane at cynthia@itstheirturn.com.

The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults (engAGED)

engAGED: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults, is a national effort to increase social engagement among older adults through a variety of activities. It is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging, which is part of the Administration for Community Living.

COVID-19 Resources: The National Resource Center for Engaging Older Adults (engAGED)
National Resource Center on Nutrition, Physical Activity & Aging
Neighborhood Memory Cafe Toolkit

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Memory Cafés are places where persons with Alzheimer’s or a related disease can go with their care partners to just socialize and have fun with other people going through similar things. This guide provides some history and background of Memory Cafés and includes a "Nuts and Bolts” section of steps to setting one up.

NIFA Database of Aging-related Programs in Extension

The Land-Grant University and Cooperative Extension System is responsible for the development of many programs that contribute to the quality of life of Older Americans. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports many of these programs through capacity funds or competitive grant opportunities. The resources within this document are not inclusive of all programs that have been developed or delivered by cooperative extension, but they provide insight into the variety of programs that address issues faced by many older adults.

OASIS - discover life after 50
PA Department of Aging
PA Department of Aging - Area Agencies on Aging office “Locator”

Your local Area Agency on Aging will put you into contact with the programs and services you need. Select your county from the drop-down menu on this webpage to find contact information for the Area Agency on Aging serving your local area.

PA Department of Aging - Caregiver Support Program (CSP)

The Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program works to ease the stresses of caregiving by focusing on the well-being of the caregiver. The program provides the primary caregiver with reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with caregiving, such as respite, caregiving-related services and supplies. The program also offers education, training, counseling, and more.

Pennsylvania SeniorLaw Hotline

Serves older Pennsylvanians, 60 years of age and older. Offers a variety of programs and services to protect the rights of seniors. Their HelpLine is available for seniors living anywhere in the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Legal advice, counseling, information and referral services are available through the HelpLine. [This includes providing some services in support of grandparents raising grandchildren.] Extended individual legal representation is currently provided for Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware and Chester County residents only.

Penn State Prepares Personal Care Home Administrators for their Role

2009 News article: Pennsylvania ranks fourth in its population of residents 85-years-old and older — a population projected to increase by 52 percent by 2020. Some of these residents will need help and will move into one of the state's 1,500 licensed personal care homes and assisted living facilities, where more than 50,000 elderly and disabled residents currently reside. To ensure their well-being, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), which inspects and licenses these facilities, has partnered with higher education institutions and other agencies to educate and train personal care home administrators and staff.

So Far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long Distance Caregiving

in: The National Institute on Aging

Transgenerational Design Matters

A helpful listing of transgenerational design-related public and private companies and organizations...

Too Close for Comfort?

PDF document, 2.1 MB

From Home Instead Senior Care. A Guide for Boomers and the Seniors Who Live With Them

The Caregiver's Handbook

A comprehensive guide with tools, resources, and solutions to some of caregiving’s toughest challenges. [From edumed.org]

Advancing Transformation in Long-Term Services and Support - (AARP series)

AARP Public Policy Institute has launched LTSS Choices—a multifaceted project with an overarching mission to catalyze the transformation and modernization of the nation’s long-term care system

New guide to caregiving

A comprehensive guide — How to Be a Caregiver — has been prepared by The New York Times’ Tara Parker-Pope. The materials cover caregiving preparation and organization, finding help, self-care and caring and care during the pandemic.

Digital Inclusion and An Aging Population

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This is the title of a 2021 publication by Age Action, the leading advocacy organization on aging and older people in Ireland. The report highlights multiple barriers to digital inclusion, including access to the digital world, affordability, and training. Beyond providing recommendations for increasing digital access, the report also makes the case for providing "offline" alternatives so that older people not using the internet could still access public services.

7 Things Everyone Should Know About Caregiving

This "Psychology Today" article (published: July 18, 2022) highlights some of the challenges - as well as ways to minimize stress - associated with caregiving.

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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