Intergenerational Shared Sites: Making the Case

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Never before has the opportunity to unite the generations under one roof been greater. The demand for quality children and youth services compounded with the increasing need for creative older adult programs creates an environment ripe for innovative age-intergrated care. Additionally, many communities face limited local, state, and national resources for construction and rehabilitation of facilities. The use of space by multiple generations makes common sense.

Successful intergenerational shared sites are uniting younger and older generations through planned activities and informal interaction across the country. However, many individuals and organizations still face the challenge of making the case for innovative age-intergrated communities with board and administrative leaders, funders, and the community. This brief aims to provide the facts and figures to help you make the case for an intergenerational shared site program in your community. Divided into three sections, the first provides general information on shared sites, the second on the rationale behind shared sites, and the final section on proven results of these types of programs. For information on addressing some of the challenges that may appear when developing a shared site, see Generation United's companion brief, "Intergenerational Shared Sites: Troubleshooting" available at www.gu.org.

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