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Age-friendly Cities Committee Intergenerational Project


Summary

This project was inspired by seniors who took part in our focus group in Year 2. In the report “An Assessment of Summerside’s Age-friendliness” seniors concluded that social inclusion and social participation were gaps in the City. Our project was designed to cultivate and promote an interest in relationship building across and within generations, while drawing seniors and youth into the process and welcoming them to participate. The youth and seniors were matched according to mutual interests (for example horsemanship, military life, medicine, veterinary medicine). The seniors and youth met over a period of a few months to share information on their topic of interest.  This community building project culminated in a Wisdom and Experience Fair in which the participants shared what they learned with the public. Many valuable relationships between the generations were formed and we are happy to say that many have continued to this day.

Key facts

Main target group: Both younger and older people (i.e. intergenerational)

Sector(s): Education, Health, Information and communication

Desired outcome for older people:
Build and maintain relationships

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Intergenerational activities
  • Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Technologies

Contact details

Name: Judy-Lynn Richards

Email address: jlrichards@upei.ca


Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Volunteers

Others involved in the project:
  • Social or health care provider
  • Volunteers
  • Private sector

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No

Do you plan to evaluate your age-friendly practice? No

Looking back

Challenges:
The biggest challenge we faced was finding the youth to participate. Originally we tried to target youth through the local high school and middle school. The staff were not very interested in having our ideas presented to their classes. The reason given was that their curriculum was already set. Eventually we got the middle school on board and expanded our search to youth organizations such as cadets, young leaders, boys and girls club and we were successful in enlisting a wonderful group of motivated and interested youth.