Benefits and definitions


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)

As the above definition suggests intergenerational work has to be reciprocal and should have positives for the older and younger generations plus their local communities. It is important however to recognise the wider impacts of this valuable work. An intergenerational approach planned and delivered thoroughly can achieve very positive results addressing local community concerns, priorities, and challenges. Benefits can be much wider reaching than initially envisaged and it is important to remember to identify these as they happen.

Intergenerational care is the practice of bringing together the young and elderly (creating opportunities for care to become the main focus of an intergenerational relationship).

Intergenerational learning is the way that people of all ages can learn together and from each other. It is an important part of Lifelong Learning, where the generations work together to gain skills, values and knowledge. Beyond the transfer of knowledge, it fosters reciprocal learning relationships between different generations and helps develop social capital and social cohesion in our ageing societies.


In 2022 the Global Intergenerational Week will have the following daily themes:

Monday 25th April - Theme - Let's reconnect (showcasing community connecting, post covid rebuilding)

The last two years have been challenging for all of us.  Come and share your positive intergenerational learning stories from lockdown as we move forward to reconnect generations.

Tuesday 26th April - Theme - Let’s combat loneliness and isolation.

 Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is one of our key issues as a society. Intergenerational connection can be a great way to fight loneliness and isolation. Why not harness the power of intergenerational connection to tackle loneliness and isolation in your community?

Wednesday 27th April - Theme - Let’s celebrate intergenerational spaces.

Come and join the growing movement in creating intergenerational spaces in our communities. Work, rest, or play, it’s more fun together.

Thursday 28th April - Theme - Let's inform our future

Bringing generations together isn't just a lovely thing to do, it's an exciting thing to do in order to reconnect our communities and tackle the challenges we all face.

Friday 29th April - Theme - Let's celebrate intergenerational solidarity 

Our connections need to be celebrated for the impact they have on our lives. On this day we will be celebrating those intergenerational connections that keep us going and how we can all support each other through intergenerational solidarity. Join us as we say yes to solidarity and no to ageism.

Saturday 30th April - Theme - Let's break down the age barriers

Age is just a number; we have more in common with other generations than we think. Join us to explore challenging misconceptions about age.

Sunday 1st May - Theme - Thank you

Join us by creating content, lessons, and local and online events and initiatives that are intergenerational and based on these daily themes. You can also get ideas and graphics you can use on our social media resources page.