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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.

EPA’s Intergenerational Focus

Submitted by Julia, age 34, and son Jack, age 4. This photo was a finalist in the 2007 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest.

Submitted by Julia, age 34, and son Jack, age 4. The above photo was a finalist in the 2007 Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest.

EPA's mission it is to protect human health and safeguard the environment.

To succeed with this the participation of older adults is critical.

Many older adults give of their time to improve quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities, including protecting the environment. EPA's intends to harness the energy generated by this growing number of older persons to inform their communities about hazards that threaten the environment or public health.


Unity has released "Respect" 30-second Public Service Announcement directed towards the misuse of tobacco by Native Americans. An older Native American women delivers the message about the harmful health effects of smoking and that the use of tobacco in this way is disrespectful of Native American culture.

Fact Sheet Prepared by Generations United

Generations United:

Environmental Health for All Generations (PDF) (4 pp, 150K)  Link to EPA's External Link Disclaimer

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