Organizations, families, and individuals who sponsor activities for Intergeneration Month Activities use their own expertise to plan the events.
Some suggestions are:
Neighborhood block parties
and pot luck dinners
Volunteer or Staff Recognition Events
, inviting families and
, such as carnivals, storytelling contests, musical events, lectures, seminars, craft fairs, art
An Open House
inviting clients, friends, family, neighbors to showcase your programs and successes.
to revitalize a neighborhood park or
Sample of Events for Intergeneration Month Activities:
In celebration of Intergeneration Month, the Martin Dixon Intergenerational Center
, our children and members of the groups listed below, contributed 78 creatively decorated paper squares towards our 1st Martin Dixon Intergenerational Quilt.
The generation span of contributors ranged from 1945 to 2009!!!
Intergeneration Celebration in Prince Edward Island, Canada
The Martin Dixon Intergenerational Center, located on the campus of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, is a laboratory preschool providing quality educational programming for three and four year old children. Our purpose also includes involving all generations in our surrounding community to engage in activities centered with and around our children. Our older/senior family members and friends include the grand and great grandparents of the children who attend our program, Foster Grandparents of Guilford County, Senior Church Ministries, and local programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. Intergeneration Foundation thanks Bernetta Harper, Assistant Director/Coordinator, for her contribution their Intergeneration Month Celebrations with us.
Prince Edward Island Seniors’ Secretariat, with the Department of Community Services and Seniors, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, held their first Intergeneration Celebration in 2011 – in a big way! They held a Storytelling Contest and announced the winners at an Intergeneration Breakfast.
As described in their Press Release:
To recognize the week, the Seniors’ Secretariat launched a contest for Islanders to submit stories that featured characters from two or more generations. The Secretariat received dozens of contest entries from people of all ages. Entries portrayed positive images of older and younger Islanders, and featured the unique voice of Island storytellers.
“It is a pleasure to have an opportunity to celebrate an event that recognizes the many and varied contributions that people of all generations make in our Island communities,” said Chairperson of the Seniors’ Secretariat Mary Hughes. “The Prince Edward Island Seniors’ Secretariat storytelling contest for Intergeneration Week highlighted the very best of Island stories and poems.”
To read the press release, and visit their website, -click here-
What a success!
has a resource initiative called the
Wisdom Keepers bringing students and seniors together.
Rainbow Bridge Intergenerational Golf Tournament
Multiple Intergeneration Activities
(cooking, gardening, reading, bingo and sing-along) Easter Seals Miami-Dade, Miami, FL
Seniors do Build-a-Bear
activities with elementary school students, Carlisle Communities
, Palm Beach, Fl.
University students have
founded AGES an organization where
Carnival and Health Fair
intersect with the elderly population through group functions and
AGES held a social to
It was be a barb-b-que social for members and the senior
have a chance to meet one another.
at Medallion Retirement Community, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
including writing stories -Ocean County Library, Manchester, NJ.
Senior Center of Colorado Springs
partner with middle
school students who interview and record seniors' oral history.
These are only a few ideas,
and we know that you can think of more. Intergeneration Month supports the efforts of participating agencies by listing the events on our web site and distributing brochures about Intergeneration Month.
Individuals and families
can also participate in Intergeneration Month. Consider setting aside this time to:
Visit a Senior Center -
over 60% of nursing home residents get less than 1 visit per year.
your family genealogy, make a family tree.
Hold a Pot Luck
for your community or neighborhood.
Connect with family members
of a different generation in person, or by phone, letters or email.
to a neighbor of a different generation.
Volunteerism or philanthropy
that benefits intergenerational programming.
Work on your financial and estate plan
considering intergenerational transfers.
Gatherings and celebrations.
If you are still looking for ideas,
the "Something to Remember Me By" Legacy Project website, something to remember me by
offers intergenerational activities for families, schools, and community groups. There's even a Family Fun Pack of activities -- with great activities like Generations Scrapbook, Memory Jar, Hand Full of Love, Photo Card Games, and more to assist you with your Intergeneration Month events.
Please register your event
with Intergeneration Month. We will include it in our list to spread the word about your intergeneration celebration activities.