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 Volume 11, Issue 28
July 13, 2016
Generations United in the News
Registration Now Open for Generation Remixed!
Registration is now open for Generations United's 19th Global Intergenerational Conference in Milwaukee, WI, June 13-16, 2017, co-hosted by St. Ann Center for Intergenerational CareTake advantage of the lowest possible rates when you register by January 31st ! Check out our Call for Presentations and hotel booking options.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of children's author Roald Dahl, whose books include Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations  campaign. W e launched the campaign  in partnership with the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer Check out additional memes  and 
share them. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor  and  learn more about our campaign
Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty
Social Security's role in lifting millions of Americans out of poverty has been widely documented. However, the national focus on the program's income assistance for older adults obscures the fact that Social Security is also one of the federal government's largest antipoverty programs for children. A new report from the Center for Global Policy Solutions, " Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty," found that Social Security helps nine percent of all U.S. children under the age of 18. Learn more

Help Generations United Help Grandfamilies!
Last month, Generations United's efforts helped lead to the successful passage of the  Family First Prevention Services Act  in the House of Representatives. The bill must now pass the Senate, but we have few precious days before the Senate recesses for the summer.   If passed, it would  provide key supportive services   to grandfamilies. Contact your senators today and tell them you support the Family First Prevention Services Act  (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) . And   help us  continue giving grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. We need your support today. Thank you. 
How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships
Pokémon Go has taken over. The game, which combines the popular Pokémon world with GPS, allows fans (also known as trainers) to venture out into the real world and use their smartphones to catch Pokémon. It launched last week, and is now one of the most downloaded apps ever. Did you know that t his app could be a big step to bringing the generations together? Here's our guide  on how to maximize Pokémon Go's intergenerational potential. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new members, Montana Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Project/MSU Extension and Pass It Downfor their contribution.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United. 
Kathy Greenlee Leaving ACL
Our friend, Assistant Secretary  Kathy Greenlee, is stepping down from her role as administrator of the Administration for Community Living. Prior to serving as administrator, Kathy was  the former secretary of aging for Kansas, where she was a champion of intergenerational programs. We wish her well in her next chapter. 
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An Encore of Service: Experienced Americans Helping Vulnerable Youth

This Encore publication features Generations United and other organizations whose shared experience contributed to the ideas presented in this report. An Encore of Service is also a call to action for those 50 and older to answer the call to service to help boost the prospects of vulnerable children and youth. Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • Bridges Together will be hosting two webinars designed for people interested in bringing the Bridges Program Curricula Suite to their communities. Learn more
If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
Culture United
Please Say You Remember Me
This song, written by Harry Gardner, is about the 15-year-old's grandmother and her battle with dementia. The Daily Mail highlighted the young Essex resident-turned internet sensation. Harry recorded a video of him playing the song, which he penned after his grandmother "failed to recognise him during a family visit," the Daily Mail reported. After posting the video, it received nearly 140,000 views. Learn more
 
Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
linkAges
This week's cool idea, linkAges is an online network that connects people of all ages and empowers individuals to improve each other's health by providing opportunities for meaningful connections.

Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas ? You can also post them to our  Intergenerational Connections  Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Disney Summer of Service Grants. Youth Service America (YSA) and The Walt Disney Company are teaming up this summer to offer $500 each to 340 young change-makers who can turn their creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016. Learn more

 

Policy and Advocacy Grant. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is offering grants to aid communities expanding access to programs and services for all ages and include system change/improvement. Community/civic engagement must involve diverse stakeholders mobilizing and affecting change.  LOI Deadline: July 20, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to aking@gu.org
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
OASIS 2015 Annual Report.  This report highlights how OASIS, a Generations United Program of Distinction, is connecting all ages through their intergenerational programs. In 2015, they touched the lives of 53,000 people including 6,500 volunteers. Learn more

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide. This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around  vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Events
In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference.  ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
 
Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
In the News
People Magazine did a story about an Arizona grandmother using the Pokémon Go app to rescue a bullied young boy. Read the story.
Quote  
"Let us take care of the children, because they have a long way to go.  Let us take care of the elders, because they have come a long way.  Let us take care of those in between, because they are doing the work." ~Nelson Mandela

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Best,       


         


Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
  
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