Intergenerational Day Canada – June 1st
As of June 1st, 2014 more than 100 cities from across Canada, coast to coast to coast have endorsed Intergenerational Day Canada, as well as several provincial/territorial governments! Link your IG Day Event to WEAAD.
Individuals are encouraged to write how they will celebrate their IG Day.
Take a selfie with your poster and share if on social media with hastag. #IGDayCanada
Providing opportunities for children and older adults to participate in activities together, creates a greater awareness and understanding of our differing challenges and attitudes toward a growing older. In developing respect for all ages, we move towards prevention of mistreatment of older adults, and others in our society.
Take time to be with someone from a different generation to participate in an activity today, it only takes a few moments and a simple thoughtful gesture to make people feel connected and special.
5 minute to whole day ideas for IG Day everyday… IT’S SIMPLE, FUN AND EASY AS 1-2-3!
If you have a few seconds,
- make eye contact and smile
- hold the door for the person to pass through
- say ‘have a good day!’
If you have 5 minutes,
- call to say hello
- put the number in your cell contact list so you can call again sometime
- give a single flower
If you have 30 minutes,
- sit down and have a conversation
- go for a short walk
- write a short note in a card and post it
If you have an hour or two
- share a meal
- go to a movie together
- play a game together
For more ideas visit intergenerational.ca “IG Day”
Ed Asner, star of the movie UP!
Ed Asner wrotes to i2i “I heartily applaud your efforts in inter-generational activity. I’m impressed both by your energy and the quality of your search. I think UP! is an excellent example of effective inter-generational success….it works and must be encouraged. Best Wishes!”
Intergenerational Tool kits
Across the Generations Respect All Ages
This national curriculum was designed is to bring greater awareness to the issues of ageing, greater respect for individuals, particularly older adults and to encourage on-going community based projects across the generations. This work was an adaptation of a Manitoba initiative and includes a series of 21 lessons for children aged 8-13 in school, home or a community based setting.
Creating Caring Communities A guide to Establishing Intergenerational Programs for Schools, Care Facilities and Community Groups
This Intergenerational Community Toolkit gives background and assistance in planning, implementing and sustaining engaging intergenerational activities in community, health care and school.
Elder Abuse Awareness Teen Kit Intergenerational Trust Building: An Untapped Resource for Preventing Elder Abuse
This Kit is meant to assist individuals and groups in all generations to work collaboratively, creating time and place for respectful intergenerational connecting.
The Seniors are Cool! video is a short film targeting children in primary grades to dispel the misconceptions about aging and older adults and to highlight intergenerational strategies for healthy active living and lifelong learning.
Video – English
Video – French
Grade 12 High school students partnered with older adults in North Wellington, Ontario to research and develop an awareness event in honour of National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Working with local OPP, the Seniors Centre for Excellence and the Seniors at Risk Coordinator of Trellis Mental Health & Developmental Services, students and seniors surveyed older adults on elder abuse and frauds/scams and put together an awareness event for seniors.