Intergenerational Programs

As part of the Australian Government's response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, Primary Health Networks are implementing activities dedicated to Early Intervention Initiatives that support better health, wellbeing, and access to primary care and aged care services for older people. 

What is an Intergenerational Program?

Intergenerational programs bring together older adults from the community and residents of independent living with children aged between 3 and 5 years for group-based interactions. The programs will support older adults to live at home for longer by improving their social and physical wellbeing through activities that foster meaningful engagement between the generations. The concept is similar to the popular TV program 'Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds' as seen on ABC.

Activities range from play-based interactions, leisure activities, pre-school visits and/or purposeful learning experiences.

Benefits of Intergenerational Programs  

Intergenerational programs have been shown to improve health outcomes for older adults and children, including improvements in physical health, mental health, cognitive abilities and communication skills.

Connecting older adults with the younger generation through purposeful intergenerational activities benefits both cohorts by building meaningful connections that foster deeper communication. Activities promote healthy ageing by providing mutual learning opportunities, improving social connectedness and increasing physical activity levels.

More Information

For further information, please email Ella Ibbitson, Program Development Officer – Palliative Care and Healthy Ageing or call 4708 8124.