Intergenerational is by definition a practice that aims to bring together different generations. Bringing together different people in a mutually beneficial way through activities that promote greater understanding and respect between generations.
Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the younger and older have to offer each other and those around them.
(Beth Johnson Foundation, 2009)
Therefore, one of the most important aspects of intergenerational work is that is should be reciprocal and should be helpful to both the older and the younger generations. An intergenerational approach planned and delivered thoroughly can achieve very positive results addressing local community concerns, priorities, and challenges. Benefits can be much wider reaching than initially envisaged and it is important to remember to identify these as they happen.
Intergenerational care is the practice of bringing together the young and elderly (creating opportunities for care to become the main focus of an intergenerational relationship).
Intergenerational learning is the way that people of all ages can learn together and from each other. It is an important part of Lifelong Learning, where the generations work together to gain skills, values and knowledge. Beyond the transfer of knowledge, it fosters reciprocal learning relationships between different generations and helps develop social capital and social cohesion in our ageing societies.