Bringing generations together for change

A society for all ages is one where older and younger generations live in harmony together. For this reason, HelpAge International promotes initiatives that bring together older and younger people to work on activities that encourage cross-generational bonding, and address issues affecting them and their community.

Learning from older and younger generations

This guide, produced in collaboration with Restless Development and partners, captures key principles and practical steps to inspire effective intergenerational action. The learning is drawn from initiatives where two or more generations have come together for mutual benefit and to promote greater communication, understanding, and respect.

  • The guide gathers 10 case studies that offer learning about what it’s possible to achieve by bringing generations together for change.
  • It looks at the wider experience of organisations that use an intergenerational approach in their work to address challenges common to different age groups.
  • It also highlights gaps in knowledge and analysis that give rise to new questions.

We hope the guide, case studies, and resources provide useful practical insights into intergenerational approaches.

Bringing generations together for change

This guide is for anyone who is using – or thinking of using – an intergenerational approach in their work to address ageing challenges and the issues facing older and younger people.

Download our guide

The Intergenerational Guide is available in Spanish.

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization is developing a guide on intergenerational approaches to tackling ageism, in support of the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.

A society for all ages

Promoting a society for all ages will ensure older and younger people feel connected and can participate in their communities as they wish. Learn more about building a society for all ages.

Share your experience

In September 2022, HelpAge International hosted a global learning exchange with over 30 organisations to discuss intergenerational approaches and experiences. Here is the summary report of that event.

Share with us your experiences and challenges in intergenerational work.

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