Intergenerational Practice

Although there are a number of definitions and descriptors used for intergenerational practice, most share an affinity to the commonly used international definition:

“Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the younger and older have to offer each other and those around them” (Beth Johnson Foundation, 2009)

This definition acknowledges the importance of bringing younger and older people together, but sees this in the wider context of a community constructed from a number of generations.