San Diego County Dubbed `Best Intergenerational Community'

San Diego County is home to several innovative intergenerational programs that bring kids and adults together

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Mar 23, 2012  |  Updated 7:23 PM PDT
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San Diego Bridges the Age Gap

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San Diego County has been dubbed one of the "Best Intergenerational Communities" in America for its innovative programs that bring local youth and older adults together.

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San Diego is a place where both the young and old can enjoy the good life.

On Friday San Diego County was named one of America’s “Best Intergenerational Communities” by the MetLife Foundation and Generations United, an organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth and older people through intergenerational activities.

The award – given to only five counties nationally – honors San Diego County for its top-notch intergenerational community programs that bridge the age gap between local youth and older adults.

According to the County of San Diego office, San Diego runs several innovative intergenerational programs including the “Intergenerational Games,” where older adults and elementary school students are paired together in a fun, athletic competition held in Chula Vista and El Cajon.
Also, there’s a program at San Pasqual Academy where volunteer grandparents live on campus and mentor foster youth.

“The County offers many excellent opportunities to pair up the talent and knowledge of our older residents with the eagerness to learn exhibited by our younger generations,” said Chairman Ron Roberts of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “It has proven to be a great two-way learning opportunity for everyone involved.”

Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United, praised San Diego for earning the designation on Friday.

“It takes a great deal of effort and forward thinking to create a community where members of every generation want to live,” said Butts.

Nick Macchione, director of the Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), also touted the importance of intergenerational programs within cities.

“Programs that bring together residents of all ages are the cornerstone of building a healthy community that looks after all its residents,” said Macchione.

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