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Generations United in the Boston Globe
Canada Day - July 1st
Generations United in Reston, Virginia
Our Thanks
Bipartisan Agreement Addresses Child Sex Trafficking, Increases Adoption and Improves Child Support Collection
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities Website is Now Live
i2i Intergenerational Society
Last Call to Join Generations United's Conference Planning Committee
Young Adult Story Set in a Multigenerational Family
ASA's Conference Proposal Deadline Extended!
Intergeneration Month
What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day?
Become a Senior Fellow
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 26
July 2, 2014
Photo: Essdras M. Suarez/Globe Staff
Generations United in the Boston Globe

The article, "Hidden joys of the 'Sandwich Generation,'" which focuses on multigenerational living includes a quote from Donna. The article also features two households, starting with the LaRock and Bruno families, of Sutton, MA, who have four generations under one roof. Then there's the Guardia Family who moved Grandma Irene into their Somerville home 17 years ago. Addressing these arrangements, Donna said, "Families may have come together because of [economic] need, but they stay together because they want to." Read the full article

Canada Day - July 1st

Yesterday, Canadians throughout their country's provinces and territories celebrated this national holiday. On that day, in 1867, Canada signed the Constitution Act (formerly the British North American Act), making it a new federation with its own constitution. In honor of this holiday, we highlight the Legacy Project, a learning and social innovation project in Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario, that works with children, youth, adults and elders through their three banner programs. Learn more

Leah Bradley with Robert SImon, Reston's founder.

Generations United in Reston, Virginia

Our Program Director Leah Bradley met with Robert Simon, the founder of Reston, to discuss ways in which communities can intentionally be designed in addition to using existing facilities and structures to connect residents of all ages. Reston was recognized as a MetLife Foundation/Generations United 2014 Best Intergenerational Community. Learn more about our recent winners and those from 2013 and 2012.  

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United  thanks our members and supportersMerci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can donate as a Tribute Gift in honor or memory of someone. Click & help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.

Bipartisan Agreement Addresses Child Sex Trafficking, Increases Adoption and Improves Child Support Collections

Last week, the House and Senate passed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, which has a number of protections that include: requiring state child welfare agencies to promote "normalcy" for youth in foster care so these children can more easily participate in age appropriate social, scholastic and enrichment activities; improving the adoption incentives program and extending it for three years; and creating a task force to explore ways to improve the effectiveness of the child support enforcement program. Learn more

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) Website is Now Live
In response to Congress and the President's charge to develop a national strategy for reducing child abuse and neglect fatalities across the country, the CECANF launched a new website to keep stakeholders and the public informed. Learn more
former students and participants of i2i Intergenerational Society's Meadows School Project

i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part seven, we feature i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada, an organization based out of British Columbia and created to assist Canadians in the building of bridges between generations. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas, post them to our Facebook Group, Intergenerational  Connections (if you're a Youth Jumpstart Grantee, share your ideas  here) or text us through Facebook's Messenger app (friend me to join  our Cool Intergenerational Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight  innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social  media and weekly e-newsletter! Disclaimer:  Spotlighting ideas does not  imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather  encourages ideas to inspire other programs.  Share the inspirationLearn  more about i2i Intergenerational Society of Canada

Last Call to Join Generations United's 2015 Conference Planning Committee

Next year's conference will be unlike anything we've done. For starters, it'll be the first time we convened a conference outside of D.C. Secondly, it's in Honolulu, Hawaii! Email Leah Bradley by next Tuesday to be a part of an exhilarant experience. 

Young Adult Book Sets Story in a Multigenerational Family

In Abby Normal Has A Bad Day: The Misadventures of Abby Normal, BJ McNally introduces Abby Normal, a girl growing up in a multi-generational family. This story comes from the author's "true-to-life" experiences. "Our experiences with our grandchild in our home were sometimes challenging but always rewarding," she explained. In this story, Abby has what she thinks is one of the worst days ever. Learn more

ASA's Conference Proposal Deadline Extended
If you haven't submitted your proposal yet to present at the American Society on Aging's 2014 Aging in America Conference, good news: they've extended the deadline to July 10! See the conference website for more information or email them with questions. 

Intergeneration Month: September and All Ages Together Campaign

As Intergeneration Month: September approaches, it's not too early to begin thinking of ways to celebrate the connecting of generations during September, along with special support and acknowledgment for Grandparents Day on September 7th.  Intergeneration Foundation encourages special celebrations throughout the Month of September - thoughtful action every day - in any way that intentionally connects generations. That's why they launched the "All Ages Together Campaign," a new effort of collecting and posting on their website, ways in which generations come together.  Share your personal celebration plans and find new ways to celebrate Intergeneration Month. Learn more

Grandparents Day Two Months Away

What are you doing to honor your grandparents or grandparents on Sept. 7? Let us know. We want to highlight your creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter. If you haven't decided on an activity yet, then visit for resources, ideas and information. 

Become a Generations United Senior Fellow

Are you a senior professional in the D.C. area who has expertise, energy and wisdom to share? Then we're looking to recruit you as a Senior Fellow. The program is an opportunity to apply your skills to new areas of interest, gain a better understanding of Generations United and our impact, approach, strategies, opportunities, and challenges. Consider contributing to our mission. Learn more

Funding Opportunities
Community-Based Grant Program. Union Pacific Foundation is offering grants to help nonprofit organizations in the Midwest and West build capacity, increase impact, and operate more effectively. Deadline: Aug. 14, 2013. (Early submissions are encouraged.) Learn more 


Youth Grants. YSA's Summer of Service Awards is offering grants of $1,000 to young change-makers, ages 5-18, who are creating positive change through volunteering and service. Deadline: July 31, 2014. Learn more


If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources


HHS Needs to Improve Oversight of Fostering Connections Act Implementation

This U.S. Government Accountability Office survey of states (including D.C. and Puerto Rico) looks at the implementation of the Fostering Connections Act. Learn more


If you have reports on issues that help young and old, please send them to Alan King at



A Son's Handbook: Bringing Up Mom with Alzheimer's/Dementia

This book chronicles the psychological, physiological and emotional rollercoaster Dr. Stephen W. Hoag experienced during the 10 years he cared for his mother who suffered from Alzheimer's. It's also a testament to the love of family members caring for those stricken with the disease. Learn more


The Caregivers: A Support Group's Stories of Slow Loss, Courage and Love

This book is the result of the weekly meetings of a local Massachusetts hospital's caregivers support group where journalist Nell Lake saw firsthand the comfort and camaraderie such a group offers, and where she heard the complaints, struggles and small victories of real people caring for ill and frail loved ones. Learn more 



Recording of the Advocates for Families First Policy Agenda Webinar

This webinar explains the benefits of joining the national advocacy effort on behalf of foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children, as well as where these mutual interests fit into the current political landscape. View the recording. (You may need to download Quicktime to make the recording play properly.Click here to see slides from the presentation


Story Telling for Nonprofits: How to present stories that attract donors, win support, and raise more money. This free eBook will teach you how to build the elements of a great story, incorporate powerful visuals and tell your story through different vehicles such as social media. Learn more


Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 
These resources are available for the shipping and handling price -
Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!
n4a Answers on Aging Conference. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Dallas, TX. July 12-16, 2014. Learn more


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, ICIP and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. SAVE the DATE. 



Step Up for Kids Day. Every Child Matters. Washington, DC. Sept. 23, 2014. Learn more

In the News                
Grandfamilies in New Haven, Connecticut, get help from The Consultation Center. Read "'Grandfamilies' Graduate".

In the article, "Respite care keep caregivers healthy," Pamela Cregger, with Home Instead Senior Care, offers caregivers some strategies to handle stress and fatigue. 

"Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or effort to change us, as no one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents, siblings, spouses, friends - and hardly ever our own grown children.~Ruth Goode

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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send any national news on intergenerational issues in addition to upcoming conferences, funding opportunities, reports and webinars. Local and state events can be shared in our Facebook group. Please also let us know how we can improve! My email is I'd love to hear from you!




Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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