This study reviews the published literature on intergenerational activities involving adolescents and residents of aged care facilities. Electronic sources were comprehensively searched, resulting in 14 articles meeting the criteria for review. Overall, three key themes emerged: the impact of intergenerational activities on adolescents and aged care residents, and effective intergenerational activities. Thoughtfully planned and implemented activities appear to be the most successful. Intergenerational activities can enrich the lives of participants, but the mechanisms of action are poorly understood. Further research is warranted to develop theoretical understandings of intergenerational activities and rigorous evaluation tools.
- Intergenerational programs
- aged care residents