Guidelines: Bringing Together Local Authorities and Intergenerational Practice in a Scottish Policy Context

Changes in society, including greater geographic mobility, the change in family structure and a demographic shift towards an ageing population have resulted in many community activities becoming age segregated. An increase in negative media images can lead to a descrease in positive exchanges between older and younger people and an increase in negative stereotyping.

However, both groups have resources of considerable value to each other and share many areas of concern; for example, many younger and older people feel isolated within their communities and marginalised in descision-making that directly affects their lives.

Intergenerational activity is one means of addressing the issues that are key to all generations and common to many.