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Global Intergenerational Week: Intergenerational Spaces

Today, Wednesday 27 April, Day 3 of Global Intergenerational Week is titled ‘Let’s celebrate intergenerational spaces’.
We believe standards in senior living should be intergenerational and inclusive of the wider community, and aspects of senior living should be integrated into community infrastructure and developments.
Community integration and intergenerational living should not be underestimated; they reaffirm ongoing value and inclusion of older people in society, and in doing so, contribute towards overcoming negative attitudes to ageing.
The concept of intergenerational living is not new; it has existed for, well, generations, and there are several settings in the UK where stakeholders have worked on this principle to ensure all ages are included in the community.
·       Bournville Trust initiative
Lightmoor Village is a modern urban village development in Telford, Shropshire. It is a joint venture between housing association Bournville Village Trust (BVT) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The village will comprise around 1000 homes, a primary school, community centre, health centre, nursery and shops; as well as parks and numerous green open spaces. At the heart of this village is Bournville House, providing high-quality retirement/Extra Care apartments for rent for people aged 50 and over.
·       Belong villages
Belong is one of the early pioneers of the ‘household’ model for people with dementia. The villages offer 24-hour support in an extended family sized setting, providing dementia and nursing care. Facilities include bistros, hair salons, therapy and function rooms, with all facilities, activities and events programmes open to the public.
The organisation is also working with Ready Generations to develop multigenerational living complexes.
University-based retirement communities (UBRCs)
In the US, there’s a new trend developing; older people are becoming interested in either finishing an abandoned degree or starting over from scratch, and they are living in what are called university-based retirement communities (UBRCs).
These adult communities offer a mix of hospitality and healthcare for the residents that choose to live there. Some UBRC communities also offer assisted living care, free transportation to stores and doctor appointments, and state of the art facilities filled with activities designed specifically for seniors.
The UBRC communities are located on campus, so seniors can interact with other college students, working professionals, and other seniors. 
House of Generations, Denmark
The House of Generations is a proposed housing project in Aarhus, Denmark where the community is the focal point.
It will consist of dwellings designed for people of different ages and abilities, as well as communal areas to encourage social interaction. These will include youth housing units, family homes, disability housing, a day care centre, nursing homes and housing for older people who may or may not need additional home care. The project aims to facilitate people of all ages living together easily and in harmony.
The outside local community is welcomed with facilities such as the café Øens Madhus, the house's health clinic, a multi-purpose hall for up to 150 people available to hire, and cultural offerings such as unique art experiences.
Come and join the growing movement in creating intergenerational spaces in our communities. Work, rest, or play, it’s more fun together!
If you’re interested in learning more about Standards Wise International’s senior living Standards and Accreditation programme, contact Nigel on: +44 (0) 203 753 5312 or by email,
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