Assessing & Strengthening Age-Friendly Universities

The Age-Friendly University (AFU) Global Network consists of colleges and universities that endorse a set of 10 age-friendly university principles.

UMass Boston is proud to belong to the network. When Dr. Nina Silverstein of UMass Boston was looking to create a tool to survey how age-friendly the university was, she chose to engage Andrea J. Fonte Weaver of Bridges Together as an outside expert. Using our Community IG Leadership Team flexible structure, we helped Nina identify colleagues from different departments and programs of the university to work on the project. Andrea then facilitated trainings on the best intergenerational practices. Together, the team, supported by Andrea, developed and piloted the tool. The results of this important program were presented at a Presidential Symposium at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Meeting this past November and have been published in their journal as well. Andrea continues to collaborate with the team to refine the tool and explore ways that UMass Boston can foster an age-integrated community that truly engages people of all ages to support lifelong learning.

Andrea is available to help other colleges and universities convene a diverse team committed to exploring the age-friendly university principles, use the audit tool, and then develop as well as execute a plan to make their campuses more age-friendly, age-integrated and hubs for lifelong learning.

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We are grateful to the Tufts Health Plan Foundation that funded Andrea’s initial work with UMass Boston.

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