Within the last decade, the newly crafted word "intergenerational" has become a familiar working term for professionals and volunteers concerned with serving children and youth. No one seems to know who originated its use, or exactly where the first programs bringing older adults and young people together for common activities and services began. One might even wonder why it became necessary for us to create social inventions to do what natural grandparents and grandchildren used to do together as a matter of course.
Tice, Carol H., "Perspectives on Intergenerational Initiatives Past, Present and Future" (1985). Intergenerational. 42.