Bridging the age gap: How intergenerational programs benefit older adults

Social isolation and loneliness are major concerns for older adults. But what if there were a way to combat these issues while fostering connection and purpose? Enter intergenerational programs, which bring together older adults and younger people for shared activities and learning.


These programs offer a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Reduced isolation: Interacting with younger generations provides much-needed social connection, enabling older adults to build new friendships and feel less alone.
  • Boosted purpose: Sharing knowledge and skills with younger people provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
  • Improved mental well-being: Studies show intergenerational interaction can improve mood, reduce depression, and enhance cognitive function.
  • Lifelong learning: Programs can be a springboard for new experiences and learning opportunities, stimulating older adults mentally.
  • Combating stereotypes: By interacting with each other, both generations gain a better understanding and appreciation for one another.

Intergenerational programs come in all shapes and sizes. Older adults can mentor young children, teach them life skills, or share stories and traditions. They can also participate in technology workshops led by younger people, creating a mutually beneficial exchange.

If you or a loved one want to stay connected, engaged, and feeling good, consider exploring intergenerational programs in your community. You might be surprised at the joy and fulfillment of these enriching connections.


To learn more about how intergenerational programs can benefit people of all ages, continue reading more in our resources below.


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website