“Intergenerational is a Culture, Not Just a Programming Idea”: BT at the Massachusetts Gerontology Association Fall Policy Forum

Andrea sharing about societal changes that point toward a need for an intergenerational culture.

“Intergenerational is a culture, not just a programming idea.” – Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, Founder and Executive Director of Bridges Together Inc.

On Tuesday, Bridges Together board and staff attended the Massachusetts Gerontology Association Fall Policy Forum, where the topic was Massachusetts for All Ages: Building Community Across Generations. BT Founder and Executive Director Andrea J. Fonte Weaver was a panelist and had the opportunity to share about how our organization equips others to connect generations. BT also distributed our paper on how “intergenerational” can be applied to the eight age-friendly domains identified by the World Health Organization’s Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.

Other panelists included Pat Chadwick (Gen2Gen/Encore Boston Network), Noelle Marcus (nesterly), Lillyana Hebbert (FriendshipWorks), and Nina Silverstein (UMass Boston). A time of networking and Q+A followed, with attendees discussing the mechanisms for and potential obstacles of creating an intergenerational culture.

If you work in or have an interest in the gerontology field, please take a look at the Massachusetts Gerontology Association website and its resources.


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