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ple, intergenerational programs can
lead to outcomes, such as improved
academic performance, heightened
self-esteem and higher rates of civic
engagement. Older adults experience
benefits, such as decreased social isolation, improved quality of life and
greater sense of purpose. The reciprocity of benefits is what makes intergenerational programs a win-win.
At Link Generations in Maryland, where middle and high school
students engage with older adults,
the young people learn resilience by
hearing stories of how people have
managed to get through challenges.
Older adults, in turn, feel optimistic
about the future when participating
in intergenerational programs.
Other models include Hope
Meadows and the Yukon-Koyukuk

Elder Assisted Living Facility in
Galena, Alaska. The latter is intentionally designed to ensure older
residents can stay in their communities near family and friends. This
proximity makes it easy for local
youth to help elders with housekeeping responsibilities and elders
to share their knowledge of tribal
culture and tradition.
That transfer of wisdom also
happens at Hope Meadows, a model intergenerational neighborhood
in central Illinois that provides
community support to families
adopting children from foster care,
most of whom are people of color.
The older retired neighbors serve
as mentors and " grandparents " to
foster and adoptive families.
Intergenerational practitioners -

including park and recreation professionals - can nurture and reinforce
the strengths of all ages by designing
programs " that help children help
seniors, help seniors meet the needs
of families, and help families meet
the needs of children and seniors.
The result will be that all benefit,
and communities will become stronger. " (tinyurl.com/28wex37c)
Generations United is the national
organization working to improve the
lives of children, youth and older adults
through intergenerational programs
and practices. For more inspiration and
resources to develop intergenerational
programs, visit gu.org.
Lori N. Marks, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Link
Generations and Adjunct Associate Professor of Gerontology
at University of Maryland Global Campus (lori@
linkgenerations.org).

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