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The Impact of Intergenerational Programming

Intergenerational programs provide opportunities to bridge generations through interactive activities and shared experiences. The impact and benefits of intergenerational programming can be measured on many levels. Whether you’re an older adult interested in participating in these activities or an organizer interested in planning them, here are just a few real world examples from the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Rose Centers for Aging Well of how intergenerational activities have benefited various generations of participants.

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By Ashlee Williman | 06/11/2019

Setting Up a Group Outing

Group outings are an important activity for many community centers, and can also be a great way for older adults to arrange engaging activities with their friends and social groups. These outings provide opportunities for socialization, exercise, learning, reminiscing, and connecting with others. While it might seem straightforward to plan a local outing, there are a few tips we can follow to make these outings as smooth and successful as possible.

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By Ashlee Williman | 06/11/2019

Menne, H. L., Johnson, J. D., & Whitlatch, C. J. (2008). What is the relationship between background characteristics and the dyadic strain experienced by individuals with dementia? Alzheimer's Care Today, 9(3), 190-197. doi:10.1097/01.ALCAT.0000327713.01069.86

Reamy, A. M., Kim, K., Zarit, S. H., & Whitlatch, C. J. (2013). Values and preferences of individuals with dementia: Perceptions of family caregivers over time. The Gerontologist, 53(2), 293-302. doi:10.1093/geront/gns078

Looman, W., Noelker, L., & Deimling, G. (1990). Using information system technology to coordinate specialized services for the elderly. Computers & Society, 20(3), 106-111.