Connecting Generations in Senior Housing

This toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston and Generations United provides practical information, guidance, and templates to help senior housing providers, and other organizations serving older adults, implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit elders and young people in their communities.

Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit was supported by a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation (RRF).

The 82-page intergenerational toolkit, written by Patterson and Dr. Nancy Henkin, a senior fellow at Generations United, takes program organizers through the process of conceptualizing, implementing, and evaluating programs and activities that connect older housing residents with young people in the community. It offers:

  • Tools to start intergenerational programs, including organizational assessments and survey templates to assess resident interests.
  • Tools for designing high-quality programs, including concrete planning and implementation strategies and tips, ideas for short- and long-term activities, and examples of promising practices.
  • Tools to measure program success, including sample evaluation forms to help organizers determine whether a program is fulfilling its goals and understand its impact.