Lee Kum Kee Family Foundation has taken Intergenerational Approaches as our strategy for nearly a decade since 2012. We always strive to keep enhancement and improvement so that we can grow and learn together with our partners along the process.
According to Bengtson (2001), there are six dimensions of intergenerational Solidarity which we should consider when we implement the intergenerational programs.
Associational (Frequency and patterns of interaction)
Affectual (Degree of sentiments and reciprocity)
Consensual (Degree of agreement in opinions, values, and orientations)
Functional (Degree of helping and exchanges)
Normative (Strength of commitment)
Structural (Opportunity structure, geographical proximity)
This is taken as a framework to evaluate our work on Family Wellbeing, Child Wellbeing, Happy and Healthy Ageing and Family for Sustainable Development Goals. We have implemented the four-pronged approaches since 2020. With our end goal in mind to promote happy family relationships across multigenerational families, we also hope to improve quality of life, reduce social isolation, and renewed sense of worth for the senior and from the youth perspectives improve their knowledge and attitude towards older people. The building of the all age-friendly society could provide the best environment for the growth of the children, our next generation pillars of the world.
Bengtson, V. L. (2001). Beyond the nuclear family: the increasing importance of multigenerational bonds: the burgess award lecture. Journal of marriage and family, 63(1), 1-16.