Older Care Home Residents' Views of Intergenerational Practice

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Abstract

Internationally, there is growing interest in strengthening intergenerational connectivity through intergenerational practices. Intergenerational practice has mainly focused on independent older people. This small UK qualitative study explored 16 care home residents' views of connections they have and would like with younger generations. Findings revealed that organized intergenerational practice needs to be guided, time-limited, and purposeful, drawing on a mutual exchange of experiences, knowledge, and lifelong skills, and opening opportunities for acquiring new skills. Intergenerational practice in care homes needs to consider the type of intergenerational interaction residents want and support needed for participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-424
JournalJournal of Intergenerational Relationships
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Nov 2013

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