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Intergenerational is an adjective that describes something that involves or affects several generations. Intergenerational programs are programs which increase interaction and exchange between people of different generations. There are several benefits of intergenerational programs. Some include generating a sense of purpose for the older adults, reducing a sense of isolation for them, as well as members from each generation learning new skills. Most importantly, younger generations better understand the aging process and learn how to face their own aging more positively. As time progresses, more and more people are understanding the benefits and importance of intergenerational collaboration and as this happens, more programs are being implemented. Through my market research I have discovered many of these programs and have worked to document information about these programs. Some intergenerational programs are more effective than others. For example, a certain intergenerational program can better encourage collaboration resulting in it being beneficial for the participants, both young and old. There should be an accurate method in assessing the effectiveness of intergenerational programs. With a set process, hosts of intergenerational programs can modify their schedules to only hold the effectiveness of these programs, resulting in more beneficial outcomes to the participants.
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Kartha, Rohit '22, "Assessing Integenerational Programs through Market Research" (2020). 2020 Internship: Final Reports. 39.