Intergenerational Living

Care Inclusion Guide World Building Intergenerational Living

Onscreen care-related stories tend to center around the nuclear family model, but spotlighting other types of familial structures can be an organic way to show a different vision of care. Cousins, great aunties, found families – let’s show them all!

  • The setting of a show is designed to intentionally bring together people of all ages where each generation contributes something to the greater good of the community living there. Like pretty much every New York City co-op.
  • A group of friends live intentionally according to a care plan they set together. Because while Craigslist is great, there are other ways to choose roommates.
  • A family lives in a multigenerational home where aging grandparents look after young children while the parents work. When the parents are home from work, they help the older adults with their care needs. Multi-cam magic.
  • A preschool and an adult day center partner up for a storytime program: older and disabled adults read to the kids once a week. It’s great, even though for some reason Earl keeps trying to bring in Proust…

A quick note: scenarios described here are generalized from information that Caring Across Generations has collected through focus groups, polling, and other research. They are generalized scenarios and are not any one individual’s story, and they are not meant to be comprehensive of all experiences having to do with care. This resource is intended to illuminate new storytelling opportunities that also contribute to a more authentic and holistic representation of care on screen.