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The need for, and benefits of, intergenerational programs.

Intergenerational programs change negative perceptions about aging and positively impact the health and well-being of all participants. The following are selected articles documenting the need for, and the positive impact of, intergenerational programs and social connection. 

* Association of Social Contact with Dementia and Cognition: 28 year follow-up of the Whitehall II cohort study, Andrew Sommerlad et al., PLOS Medicine Journal, August 2, 2019. 

* Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older People Pose Health Risks, US Dept. of Heath & Human Services National Institute on Aging Report, April 23, 2019.

* What is Positive Aging?: 10 Tips to Promote the Positive Aspects of Aging. Kori Miller,, March 8, 2019. 

* Ageism Amplifies Cost and Prevalence of Health Conditions, Becca R. Levy, et al., The Gerontologist, November 13, 2018.

* Loneliness increases risk of dementia by 40%, Agelina Sutin, et al., published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, October 26, 2018. 

* Loneliness and Social Connections: A National Survey of Adults 45 and Older, AARP Foundation, 2018.

* CIGNA US Loneliness Index Fact Sheet, 2018.

* Intergenerational Programs: The Missing Link in Today's Aging Initiatives, Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, et al., Bridges Together, 2018.

* Positive age beliefs protect against dementia even among elders with high-risk gene, Becca R. Levy, et al., PLOS ONE Journal, February 7, 2018.

* I Need You and You Need Me: The Young, The Old, and What We Can Achieve Together, Background Paper by Generations United and the Eisner Foundation, May 2017.

* Intergenerational Programs: What They Are and Why We Need Them, Andrea J. Fonte Weaver, Bridges Together, Winter 2016. 

* Loneliness has a Direct Impact on Healthcare Utilization, Kerstin Gerson-Emerson and Jayani Jayawardhana, American Journal of Public Health, May 2015.

* Making Connections: The Legacy of an Intergenerational Program, Edward H. Thompson and Andrea J. Weaver, The Gerontologist, 2015, 1–11.  

* Prescription for Living Longer; Spend Less Time Alone, Brigham Young University News, March 10, 2015, citing Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., & Layton, J. B. (2010) study: Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review. (Impact of social isolation = smoking 15 cigarettes/day.)

* Longevity Increased by Positive Self-Perceptions of Aging, Becca R. Levy, et al., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2002, Vol. 83, No. 2, 261–270. 


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