Four communities were honored on Capitol Hill yesterday for their efforts to value, engage, and support people of all ages. Generations United (GU) and MetLife Foundation, created the award to recognize approaches to overcoming age segregated communities. GU Executive Director, Donna Butts, explained that their goal is not to learn about why these communities are building intergenerational solidarity, but to encourage others to take similar actions to efficiently foster strong, supportive communities, reduce isolation, increase achievement and improve well-being.
Communities of all sizes, including Montgomery County, MD; Itta Bena, MS; Westchester County, NY; and Dunedin, Fl, were recognized for establishing intergenerational policy and program communities, health and wellness activities, and socialization programs. Community leaders were in attendance to receive the awards, talk about their initiatives and discuss the impact of intergenerational communities on a panel discussion. The event was moderated by Matthew Melmed, Executive Director of Zero to Three, and Juan Williams, Fox News Correspondent and Journalist, both of whom serve on GU’s Board. Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) also joined the event to congratulate their respective communities for being recognized for their great work.