Four tips for building intergenerational connection into social impact work

Future of Good and SE Health hosted a digital conversation about the future of aging in Canada — and how the social sector should adapt

Why It Matters

Older Canadians and youth are two of the demographics who’ve suffered the most throughout the pandemic. Experts in intergenerational connection say key to community recovery will be building connection across age groups, but it won’t be easy.

This story is in partnership with SE Health. 

“Status quo led us to a place where, when a pandemic hit, seniors were most impacted,” said Abid Virani, COO of accessibility testing platform Fable, in a Future of Good digital conversation last week. 

The status quo he was referring to is the way North American culture views and takes care of older people — largely, speakers on the panel agreed, by keeping them separate from the rest of their communities. That’s resulted in older Canadians experiencing widespread social isolation and loneliness, the very experience organizations that work across generations want to avoid. 

We asked the three digital conversation speakers: Coming out of the pandemic, how can the social impact world foster deeper intergenerational connections? Here’s what they told us:



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