Issue #40: Promote Intergenerationalism

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Issue #40: Promote Intergenerationalism

Intergenerationalism brings together previously siloed groups artificially divided by age. Blending generations increase physical well-being, mental health, and social inclusion, providing measurable benefits for both older and younger people.

Recommendation #133: Innovative Intergenerational Programs

Create and support innovative intergenerational programs and opportunities such as Talk2NICE (telephone support), the Queen’s University Community Connections Project (student – alumni friendly phone visits program), the Student Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership (SSIPP), Minds-In-Motion, Adopt a Grandparent / Grandchild, The Big G Program, and Toronto HomeShare, which support deeper relationships and address shared social challenges for all ages involved.

Recommendation #134: Intergenerational Day Programs

Co-locate child care and senior care day programs. Create crafts and engage in physical activities together. Support literacy, numeracy, arts, and mentorship opportunities between younger and older generations.

Recommendation #135: Friendly Visiting Programs

Work with community-based organizations to support Friendly Visiting Programs, in-person using video technology or on the phone. Model the United Way’s friendly visitor programs and Better at Home supports for scale across the country. Work with interfaith organizations to support outreach and engagement to older members of faith communities.

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