All in Together: Creating places where young and older thrive

Champion is an intergenerational shared site, an often misunderstood concept that pairs younger generations with older adults in the same physical location, with periodic activities or programs that bring them together.

While far from a household name, shared sites may well be a concept whose time is now. There’s a convergence of opportunity at hand, brought about by a variety of factors including the demand for quality children and youth services, the need for creative older adult programs and limited local, state and national resources for construction and rehabilitation of facilities. The use of space by
multiple generations makes common sense.

Demographics are also fueling innovation. Americans are living longer and healthier lives. The growing asset of older adults needs to be engaged and shared sites are a smart and innovative way to do that. Additionally a growing body of new research illustrates just how damaging isolation and loneliness can be. The signs point to shared sites as an approach primed to remedy this concern.
Greater awareness of the potential of shared sites can create new environments to confront ageism, break down the barriers of age-segregation and forge long-lasting and life-changing intergenerational bonds. Intergenerational programs bring purpose to the lives of young and old.

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