Creating Spaces to Enhance Intergenerational Relationships

What does it take to set the stage for an effective intergenerational program? Did you know that the physical environment of an intergenerational program can stimulate or stifle elder and child interactions? What can you do to conduct an effective program in a space that was designed without children or older adults in mind? Learn how to accommodate the developmental needs of both groups in a shared intergenerational space including traffic flow, features to promote interaction, placement and use of materials, storage, and more.

References & Resources: 

Generations United (2006). Intergenerational shared sites: Making the case.

Ghazaleh, R.A., Greenhouse, E., Homsy, G., & Warner, M. (2011). Multigenerational planning: Using smart growth and universal design to link the needs of children and the aging population. Chicago, Ill: American Planning Association.

Living Community Indicators for Sustainable Aging in Place, report from the MetLife Mature Market Institute

Van Vliet, W. (2009). Creating livable cities for all ages: Intergenerational strategies and initiatives. Working Paper CYE-WP1-2009. Children, Youth and Environments Center, University of Colorado. Paper prepared for UN-Habitat's Global Dialogue on Harmonious Cities for All Age Groups at the World Urban Forum IV, Nanjing, November 3-6, 2008. Jointly published with UN-Habitat.

Kaplan, M., Haider, J., Cohen, U & Turner, D. (2007). Environmental design perspectives on intergenerational programs and practices: An emergent conceptual framework. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships: Programs, Policy, and Research, 5(2), 81-110.

Author(s), Presenter(s): 
DeBord, K., Jarrott, S. E., and Kaplan, M.
Year published or updated: 
2013