Eastman Honored as a Top U.S. ‘Intergenerational Community’

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Grantham — The Eastman Community Association has been named one of two winners of the MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Community Award for 2016.

The award, given since 2010, has recognized 18 “innovative communities across America that are leading the way by incorporating intergenerational solutions that engage the wisdom and vitality of all generations,” according to a news release from the MetLife Foundation, the charitable arm of the global insurance company, and Generations United, the Washington-based nonprofit that advocates for intergenerational collaboration.

The Eastman Community Association, the nonprofit corporation that governs the 3,600-acre community in Grantham, Enfield and Springfield, N.H., is the first community association to receive the award, a release from the association said.

“I’m so proud of this community,” association General Manager Ken Ryder said in the release. “This distinction came to us through the hard work of volunteers and staff, not only on the application, but in what we do here every day. ...”

The association cited its strategic plan and its effort to involve children, youth and families in the planning process, along with its daily activities, as examples of the importance the community places on being intergenerational.

“Such communities understand the wisdom of connecting generations rather than separating them into age-segregated programs and facilities,” said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. “They are cutting-edge communities that save dollars while making sense.”

The Eastman Community Association was founded in 1971 as a retirement and second-home community. Today, most residents live there year round and it has evolved “into a full-blown intergenerational community with a wonderful blend of families, retirees and vacationers,” the association’s award application said.

The other winning community was Milwaukee, Wis. The award was issued by a panel of judges that included Robert Blancato, former executive director of the White House Conference on Aging. It was presented last month at AARP’s Innovation Lab in Washington, D.C.

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