Intergenerational understandings of personal, social and community assets for health

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Abstract

Connecting local citizens of different ages in productive social activity is considered a pathway towards greater health. This research explores how older adults and young people interpret and access assets from their geographical community in relation to their well-being and the extent to which a process of intergenerational bridging contributes to the creation of additional assets for health. Data is presented from a process of place-mapping, interviews, observations and arts-based approaches to: a) understand how personal, social and community assets supported perceived health and wellbeing for the young children and older adults who participated; and b) explore the impact of intergenerational connection on enhancing social capital. The research utilised bonding, bridging and linking forms of social capital, across several interactions amongst 41 individuals who reside in the same geographical community (Victoria, Australia). Assets for health, common across generations and located within the same geographical community were identified. Social connections were strengthened through conversations, reflections and an integration of ideas facilitated through an arts-based approach. Findings suggest that through intergenerational connection and sharing of resources to support health, including the sharing of community assets, progress can be made towards community strengthening with implications for health and wellbeing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-227
Number of pages10
JournalHealth and Place
Volume57
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2019

Keywords

  • intergenerational
  • health
  • place
  • Aged
  • arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • health promotion
  • assets
  • resources
  • salutogenesis
  • strengths
  • wellbeing
  • museum
  • community

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