Elder lifelong learning, intergenerational solidarity and positive youth development: The case of Hong Kong

Ka Man So, Tan Lei Shek

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Elder lifelong learning has been promoted worldwide under different modes for upgrading quality of life of elders and actualizing successful aging. With multiple objectives, some modes of the elder lifelong learning program attempt to simultaneously address the social issues of age-segregation and negative perceptions of older people by adopting an intergenerational approach. Such an approach links the two non-biological generations - the young and the old - together purposefully for nurturing intergenerational solidarity and integration. Although program evaluation studies demonstrate the positive impacts and effects of an intergenerational approach on older people, its impact on young people is not well-researched. This paper explores intergenerational solidarity generated from the intergenerational-mode elder lifelong learning program in Hong Kong and argues how it contributes to positive youth development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011


  • Elder lifelong learning
  • Intergenerational program
  • Intergenerational solidarity
  • Positive youth development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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