Australian Perspectives: Community Building Through Intergenerational Exchange Programs

Judith MacCallum, David Palmer, Peter Wright, Wendy Cumming-Potvin, Miriam Brooker, Cameron Tero
2010 Journal of Intergenerational Relationships  
This paper explores the concept of intergenerational exchange as a vehicle for community building in Australia. Drawing on document analysis, focus groups, and in-depth study of four intergenerational programs, the research examines the benefits and constraints of intergenerational exchange and the relationship between intergenerational programs and their potential to foster resilience, enhance social connection, and build individual and community capacity. Findings reveal that in intended and
more » ... at in intended and unanticipated ways, young and older Australians benefit from intergenerational exchange. The multidimensional nature of intergenerational exchange promotes broad social networks and a means for developing substantive relationships between the young and other community members. We acknowledge and thank the participants and coordinators of the programs examined as case studies for their enthusiasm for the research and their willingness to share their experiences with us.
doi:10.1080/15350771003741899 fatcat:qxeq4pvlwfdbrmguw7j5ryhd7i