University of Pittsburgh
April 5, 2005

Sally Newman, Founder of Pitt's Generations Together, Recognized for Her Work in Intergenerational Studies

Her research shows benefits of uniting older adults with young people

Sharon Blake


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PITTSBURGH—Sally Newman, the founder and first executive director of Generations Together—the University of Pittsburgh's program of intergenerational studies—has been recognized by a national professional organization for her extensive work in intergenerational studies, and for keeping that field at the forefront of programming and research in many colleges and universities.

At its recent annual meeting in Oklahoma City, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) gave Newman its Clark Tibbits Award, citing her "significant contributions for the advancement of gerontology as a field of study."

Newman links gerontology programs with intergenerational studies through practice and theory. She strongly believes in a multidisciplinary approach to aging and addressing issues concerning older adults in the context of their social, psychological, economic, health, and educational needs. Her research demonstrates that older adults who interact with younger generations as mentors or tutors, or who are the recipients of young people's services, reap the benefits of these interactions throughout their lifetime.

"The quality of life of older persons is best expressed in relationship to how they fit as productive citizens in society at large," says Newman. "Intergenerational programming can have a profound impact on their learning, socialization, and cognitive functions."

Newman, who retired in 2002 from her position as executive director of Generations Together and researcher in the University Center for Social and Urban Research, promotes intergenerational work around the globe. She is founder of the International Consortium of Intergenerational Programs and founding editor of the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, which publishes articles focusing on intergenerational programs, policy, and research from a global perspective. Newman has recently returned from Spain, where she is helping to promote intergenerational academic and social policy initiatives.