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iGenNB: Intergenerational Living for Community Wellbeing

Lead organization: The Ville Cooperative, Ltd.

Principle investigator(s): Olubukola Abiola

About the project:

The issue

Most of New Brunswick’s aging population want to age in place but for some, maintaining a home is too expensive, while others are prevented from staying in their homes due to declining health. Also, the province faces a shortage of affordable student and youth housing. Our research aims to understand and address these issues.

The importance

Living alone as one ages can lead to social isolation and other negative effects. These challenges have an impact on New Brunswick health and social services.

What makes this project different

We will explore intergenerational living “in place” by matching youths with seniors to live in the seniors’ homes while providing support to the seniors and participating in shared activities.  We also want to explore intergenerational activities that support healthy aging by forging relationships and connections that allow older adults to pass on wisdom to younger generations.”.  This will be the first of its kind in New Brunswick.

Anticipated impacts

  • Enhance the quality of life of participating older adults through co-housing. It will also create affordable housing for interested youth.
  • Enhance community engagement and mentorship between old and young adults in the community.
  • Help develop a robust, replicable, and sustainable model of co-housing in New Brunswick.
  • Reduce the strain on New Brunswick’s health and social services.

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