The shift towards ageing societies alongside encroaching technology developments that permeate many aspects of everyday life highlights the need to develop better ways of ensuring that older adults are integrated into the matrix of opportunities afforded in their lifetime communities, and can benefit from national and international ageing initiatives for living well in later life. To avoid the generation of old-age specific environments, an intergenerational approach to developing age-friendly ecosystems is proposed. This project will build on Kaplan and colleague’s (2017) suggestion that strong intergenerational relationships are not only at the root of healthy and productive aging; they are also an important component of sustainable and liveable societies.

To improve the health and wellbeing of Scottish people in urban and rural communities, and in line with Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 11, this project will initiate the co-development of sustainable communities in the form of a living age-friendly eco-system.

To do this, several co-creation camps will be organised across participating cultural, activity and housing community organisations/initiatives in Scotland with (in-person or virtual) participation from international partners to share learning on effective ways to build intergenerational age-friendly spaces and places. This work will lead to the development of policy and practice recommendations as well as co-production of an ESRC open research grant application. A key project goal is to generate evidence-informed policy and practice actions towards the co-production of a living age-friendly ecosystem of community hubs that will facilitate intergenerational learning and connectivity for more inclusive and sustainable global cities and communities.

Programme Team

Professor Judith Sixsmith, University of Dundee

Dr. Mei Lan Fang, University of Dundee

Alison Hamilton-Pryde, Heriot Watt University

Dr. Vikki McCall, University of Stirling

Dr. Ryan Woolrych, Heriot Watt University

Dr. Deborah Menezes, Heriot Watt University

Pat Scrutton, Intergenerational National Network

Ryan McKay, Citadel Youth Centre

Ro Pengelly, ScotSectorLink


Final Report

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Outputs

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