Looking at Neighborhoods through
an Intergenerational Lens, August 2009
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Using her diverse background in urban planning and geriatric social work, Rachel B. Cohen, MUP/MSW, shared her unique perspective on the relationship between older adults, their homes, and their communities, with an intergenerational lens. She explored the practice side of creating multi-disciplinary and multi-generational collaborations that aim to promote age-friendly cities and sustainable communities for a lifetime. Her discussion included ways to identify common interests and needs between generations, social service organizations, community development corporations, and government agencies to leverage resources.
Additionally, she led a small break-out session on why designing neighborhood infrastructure that benefits seniors also benefits young children and families, and the importance of developing programs in Philadelphia that provide opportunities for all ages to interact.