The Intergenerational Symposium

This event took place on Friday, September 28th, at Lasell College in Newton, MA. To read more about the day, please go here.

Stay tuned for our Save the Date announcement for the 2019 IG Symposium and we hope to see you there!  


The Intergenerational Symposium – Why The Time Is Now

With just 7 years before our population has more people over 65 than under 13, building a society that is age-integrated is critical and here’s why. When multiple generations come together to share, learn, teach, and inspire – health and social outcomes improve for everyone. That is why aging and healthcare professionals, educators, and community leaders are all coming together to attend The Intergenerational Symposium: Connecting the Dots. Coordinated by Bridges Together with the support of Lasell College and Encore Boston Network, this will be the first statewide ntergenerational conference in more than a decade to address the issues we are facing.

Three of the key issues to be discussed are: 1) how to move from running IG programs to creating age-integrated communities 2) how research supports IG work and 3) how to unify and move the IG field forward in New England.

The Symposium discussions will be moderated by Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, Bridges Together Founder & Executive Director. With a robust exchange of ideas, sharing of community case studies (both successes and lessons), and knowledge on the latest developments in training and tools, the key issues will be a review of challenges and solutions on ways to move from running IG programs to creating age-integrated communities; and, how to unify and move the IG field forward in this state.

The findings and forward focus determined at The Intergenerational Symposium will be recorded and produced in two formal reports. The first will summarize ways to build an age-integrated community using the 5 pillars: leadership with a team; casual and formal engagement opportunities; sharing space and resources; policies, procedures and practices; and fostering an age-integrated culture. The second will be a plan on how to unify the IG field and build momentum collectively.

We invite you to come – be counted – share your experience – learn from colleagues – create a shared vision to move your community and our field forward.


David P. Stevens, MCOA Executive Director

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, Bridges Together, Founder & Executive Director

9:00     Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:20     Welcome and Opening Remarks by Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, Founder & Executive Director
of Bridges Together, Inc.
9:45     Keynote speaker: David P Stevens, Executive Director, Massachusetts Councils on Aging
10:30   Fran Pratt Award & Kraemer Story Contest 2017 Winners
10:40   Break
10:55    Affinity Groups: Exploring The 5 Pillars of Age-Integrated Communities- Moderated by
11:55    Lunch & Networking
12:30    White Paper: Intergenerational Programs: The Missing Link in Today’s Aging Initiatives: Andrea “Dree” Hutter, Bridges Together Intern, Student at Smith College
12:45    Town Hall: Unifying, Collaborating and Moving the Field Forward
1:45     Wrap-Up


Planning Committee Members

Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, BridgesTogether
Sarah Cavicchi, BridgesTogether
Andrea (Dree) Hutter, BridgesTogether

Doug Dickson, Encore Boston Network
Joann M. Montepare, Lasell College
Lisa Moison, Fitchburg State University
Lisa Gorgone, MA Council for Home Care Aide Services
Olga Yulikova, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Jan Hively, Pass It on Network


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