Professional Networks

Generations United

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Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all. For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.


The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE)

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Established in 1974, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) is a membership organization of colleges and universities that offer education, training, and research programs in the field of aging. AGHE currently has more than 160 institutional members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. The purpose of AGHE is to foster the commitment of higher education to the field of aging through education, research, and public service. The AGHE Committee on Intergenerational Research and Learning focuses on intergenerational issues in academic research and program development in communities.


The Gerontological Society of America

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We are the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.

The Society, founded in 1945, is the driving force behind the advancement of gerontology both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries.

We foster collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, and behavioral and social scientists. We believe the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.

To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles 4,000 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features over 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.

Through networking and mentorship opportunities, we provide a professional “home” for career gerontologists and students at all levels. We know these individuals are our legacy and it is crucial we foster those who follow in our footsteps.


Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR)

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The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR) is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates to stay abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives. This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives. 

JIR publishes papers and articles whose content addresses intergenerational relationships evidenced in intergenerational practice, policy and research.

Typically the intergenerational relationships that are the focus of JIR papers and articles reflect ongoing interaction among multiple or skipped generations with a generation representing approximately 20 years. Intergenerational relationships occur in familial and non familial settings and involve interaction that demonstrates positive and negative interactions.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


Intergenerational Activities

Intergenerational programs are activities that bring together individuals of different ages as partners to explore, study, and work towards a shared goal. These activities foster cooperation and promote interaction among generations including children, youth and older adults. Programs can be youth serving older adults, older adults serving youth, or youth and older adults serving together. Some examples of intergenerational programs are: youth teaching seniors or providing chore service; older adults mentoring youth or providing childcare; and children, youth and older adults performing in a community theater group or working to improve the natural environment.