Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice - A Webinar Hosted by Grantmakers in Aging

Host Organization: Grantmakers in Aging, The John A. Hartford Foundation, and Philanthropy New York


**This program is hosted by our partners, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) and The John A. Hartford Foundation, who has extended an invitation to PNY members.**

Senior housing can be an ideal platform for implementing high-quality intergenerational work. Many older adults who transition into senior housing find it difficult to establish new social connections and/or integrate into the broader community. Building partnerships with local educational institutions and youth-service agencies can help housing providers expand their resident's social networks, create meaningful civic engagement opportunities, and build social capital for all generations.

In 2016, the Retirement Research Foundation provided funding to Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston to conduct an exploratory study to better understand the range of intergenerational programming in senior housing. Data collected from over 180 housing providers identified promising practices and challenges faced by housing providers. Based on the findings, Retirement Research Foundation provided an additional two years of funding to translate this research into practical learning tools that could build the capacity of national affordable housing providers to plan and implement high quality intergenerational programs that positively impact both older and younger generations.


  • Findings from the initial report
  • Effective strategies outlined in the Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing Toolkit and implement by pilot sites
  • Efforts by national housing providors to deepen and broaden their intergenerational work
  • The role of funders as catalysts and capacity builders for this work


  • Nancy Henkin Senior Fellow, Generations United
  • Taryn Patterson, Intergenerational Program Manager, Sequoia Living
  • Mary O'Donnell, Vice President, The Retirement Research Foundation
  • John Feather (Moderator), CEO, Grantmakers In Aging

Designed for

  • All interested funders. Please note that his program is open to GIA members, other grantmaking institutions, philanthropic advisors, and members and staff of funder affinity groups and regional associations of grantmakers.


Registration is available until October 2nd.

Members and Non-Member Funders: Please click on the "Register Now" link above.

Dial-in and webinar information will be emailed to you before the session.

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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