Docking, R.E., & Stock, J. (Eds.). (2017). International handbook of positive aging (1st ed.). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315678757 Read Chapter 15 This chapter of the book provides an overview of the role social engagements play in healthy aging. It provides insight into social patterns and needs for the older adult population.
Aguilera-Hermida, A. P., Anderson, E. A., & Negrón, V. A. (2020). Intergenerational activities that promote engaging conversations are preferred among young and older adults: Research. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 18(1), 71–87. https://doi.org/10.1080/15350770.2019.1608346 This informational and inspirational article discusses the benefits of intergenerational activities. It is important to understand the mutually beneficial aspects of intergenerational activities and preferences for both groups.
Blieszner, R., & Ogletree, A. M. (2017). We get by with a little help from our friends: Aging together in tandem, and meeting the challenges of older age. Generations, 41(2), 55–62. The article highlights the importance of friendship throughout the lifespan. We can learn how to help older adults foster friendships to promote healthy aging, and enhance quality of life.
Perone, A. K., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Watkins-Dukhie, K. (2020). Social isolation loneliness among LGBT older adults: Lessons learned from a pilot friendly caller program. Clinical Social Work Journal, 48(1), 126–139. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10615-019-00738-8 This article discusses the increased risk of social isolation for LGBTQ older adults. It is important to understand how this group of older adults could experience barriers to healthy aging.
Simons, M., Lataster, J., Reijnders, J., Peeters, S., Janssens, M., & Jacobs, N. (2020). Bonding personal social capital as an ingredient for positive aging and mental well-being: A study among a sample of Dutch elderly. Aging & Mental Health, 24(12), 2034–2042. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2019.1650887 The article discusses the connection between social capital and well-eing for the older adult population. It is important to learn about the impact of social capital and loneliness for older adults.
St. Monica Trust. (2018, September). A Guide for Older People: Intergenerational Activity. https://generationsworkingtogether.org/downloads/5bebf57b90d25-Intergenerational-Activity-Guide-2018-St-Monica-Trust.pdf