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 built on Kaplan and colleagues' (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 aimed to initiate the co-development of sustainable communities in the form of a living age-friendly eco-system. To do this, several cocreation camps were organised across participating cultural, activity and housing community organisations/initiatives in Scotland with participation from international partners to share learning on effective ways to build intergenerational age-friendly spaces and places. 

Programme Team

Prof. Judith Sixsmith, University of Dundee

Prof. Mei Lan Fang, Simon Fraser University (formerly University of Dundee)

Alison Hamilton-Pryde, Heriot Watt University

Prof. 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


Outputs from the 6 Virtual Co-Creation Camps:

SUII SDG Conference 'Insight into Practice' Poster

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