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Intergenerational England Celebrate Global Intergenerational Week

As part of Global Intergenerational Week, the spotlight shines on the transformative power of intergenerational activity, showcasing how connections across age groups can reshape societal norms. At the forefront of this movement is Intergenerational England, a beacon of inclusivity and collaboration aiming to dissolve age barriers and foster stronger, healthier communities. 

 

In a world where health, housing, education, youth, and social care issues often stand as separate challenges, envisioning a society united under one cohesive approach may seem revolutionary. Yet, the concept of a 'one intergenerational society' presents an innovative solution—one where every sector collaborates consciously, with intergenerational practice at its core.  

 

Consider this: In 2015, there were an estimated 617.1 million adults aged over 65 globally, representing 9% of the population. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to 1.6 billion, accounting for 17% of the global population. Addressing these issues collectively can lead to significant benefits. For instance, studies have shown that intergenerational interactions can reduce loneliness and improve mental health, impacting individuals of all ages. By embracing this vision, we can not only address the fragmented issues affecting our communities but also pave the way for a future where individuals of all ages thrive together, bolstering health, fostering stronger communities, and unlocking unprecedented potential. 

 

Intergenerational England's journey is rooted in understanding the fabric of society: how people live, how organisations support, and how to celebrate existing intergenerational practices while nurturing new ones. Their approach is holistic, recognising the importance of learning from diverse experiences and perspectives. 

 

One of the key pillars of Intergenerational England is advocacy. They believe in galvanising change at every level, from grassroots initiatives to top-down strategies. This week, there will be a series of blog posts authored by leaders across various sectors, they aim to spark dialogue and action, promoting age-inclusive practices that benefit all. 

 

Central to Intergenerational England's mission is addressing the wider determinants of health. By considering factors such as race, economic background, gender, and culture, they seek sustainable solutions that empower individuals and promote early intervention. Their goal is to create environments where everyone can thrive, regardless of age. 

 

A stark reality confronts us: Britain ranks among the most age-segregated countries globally. This division perpetuates social problems like poor health, loneliness, and limited opportunities across generations. Intergenerational England aims to change this narrative by fostering shared experiences and bridging generational divides. 

 

The impact of age segregation and agism is profound, affecting individuals of all ages. As more people live alone and age groups become isolated from one another, feelings of loneliness and disconnection rise. This not only harms mental and physical health but also perpetuates negative generational stereotypes. 

 

Through collaboration with organisations such as NHS England, Clarion Housing, Care England and Scouts, Intergenerational England is laying the foundation for a more inclusive society. Their vision of inclusivity and shared experiences resonates across sectors, driving change from the ground up. 

 

As we celebrate Global Intergenerational Week, let us remember that together, we can build a future where every generation is valued, supported, and empowered to lead fulfilling lives. 

 

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