LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, in collaboration with Generations United, has launched “Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit.”
The 82-page toolkit provides guidance and practical information for developing and implementing intergenerational programs. All the work is funded by grants from the Retirement Research Foundation.
“In collaboration with LeadingAge members, we’ve developed an easy-to-use resource based on real-life experiences of providers and residents,” said Taryn Patterson, Ph.D., policy research associate, LeadingAge LTSSCenter@UMass Boston. “Our goal is to ensure that intergenerational programming becomes a part of every housing community in the country, and that housing professionals are able to build a network for sharing experiences as well as provide support and encouragement.”
The next component of this project includes webinars and in-person staff trainings at affordable housing organizations across the country, including HumanGood, Volunteers of America, the American Association of Service Coordinators and the American Society on Aging.