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Remembring Malaysia Airlines Victims and their Families
Generations United in the Washington Post!
The 25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available
Learn More About Our Google Doodle Campaign
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Engage with Age: Participate in LeadingAge's Hackfest
Generations United Shout Outs
Changes at the Social Security Administration
REMINDER: We're Moving!
Put Your Program on the Map!
Introducing...VCU Health Systems Family Care Center!
Get Ready for the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Cool Intergenerational Ideas
What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day - Sept. 7?
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
In the News
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 Volume 9, Issue 29
July 23, 2014
Donna Butts (front, center) posing with the Dutch delegation at the 11th International Conference  of Generations United Intergenerational Approaches: Not Just Nice...Necessary. Click here to view enlarged photo.

Remembering Malaysia Airlines Victims and their Families

Our hearts go out to the victims of Flight 17 and their families, most of whom were from the Netherlands. Last week's crash is being compared to the 9/11 terrorists attacks that shook our sense of security in 2001. That year, a month after the 9/11 tragedy, we held our largest conference to date with over 225 attendees. Despite the fears swirling in 9/11's ruinous wake, a Dutch delegation of 14 prominent experts braved the trip to Washington, D.C., from the Netherlands. Our thoughts are with them, the victims of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 and their families.  

Generations United in the Washington Post

Carol Morello's article in last week's Washington Post focused on young 30-somethings moving back home and boosting the number of multi-generational households. Morello's piece included a quote from Donna Butts: "Previous generations were so much about rebellion and making your own identity. Now, parents and children have different relationships." Read the full article

The 25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Book Now Available

How are kids in your state doing? Check out the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book and its ranking of states on 16 indicators of child well-being. The publication raises concerns about the development of children living in low-income families and high-poverty communities. Learn more

Learn More About Our Google Doodle Campaign     

Join our campaign to get Grandparents Day 2014 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them, check out our Google Doodle Campaign page. There's even suggested language.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks Hebrew Home at Riverdale, who gave in honor of our Board members Larry Minnix and Michael Marcus. We also thank the Turrell Fund for Matthew Melmed's trustee contributionMerci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.

Engage with Age: Participate in LeadingAge's HackFest

Do you have an idea for a technological tool that could revolutionize the aging experience? Bring your creativity and/or knowledge of aging services to LeadingAge's Hackfest, and you could win $5,000! (See flyer.) This year's event is taking place in Tennessee at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, October 18-20, 2014, in conjunction with the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. Don't miss your chance to participate in this groundbreaking intergenerational opportunity. Apply today!

Generations United Shout Outs

Changes at the Social Security Administration

In February, the SSA announced that, instead of providing benefit verification letters in field offices, they will implement online tools and data exchanges as an easier way for people to get their verification letters and other services. After consulting with stakeholders and receiving feedback from agency colleagues, SSA changed its implementation date from Feb. 1, 2014 to Oct. 1, 2014. Learn more

REMINDER: We're Moving!

We're moving from our H Street NW office to 25 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 on July 26, 2014. We'll need some time to prepare for this change and settle into our new space. It'll be a little tough to reach us for a few days before and after, so please be patient with us. Make sure you update your system to reflect our new address. All of our contact information will stay the same.

Put Your Program on the Map!
Are you involved in an intergenerational program? We want to know about it! Generations United is updating our map of intergenerational programs across the country. This database, located on our website, will have over 500 programs. If you run a program that purposefully brings together different generations to participate in planned activities, we invite you to share it with us. Complete this form by Thursday, July 31. Don't miss out on this opportunity to put your program on the map. 

Introducing...VCU Health Systems Family Care Center!

In part 2 of our series on the 2014 Program of Distinction Designees, we highlight Family Care Center at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems in Richmond, VA. "To be at the Center and witness the magic of the interactions between our adults and little ones is an incredibly inspiring and rewarding experience," explained Maria Curran, vice president, Department of Human Resources and Family Care. Read the full profile. Stay tuned for next week, when we introduce Geriatric Career Development Program at Jewish Home Lifecare, a LeadingAge member.

Get Ready for the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards 

Want to show what your community's made of? Apply for our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Awards, made possible by MetLife Foundation. No community is too big or too small to apply. Download the application.

Cool Intergenerational Ideas - Text them, Tweet them or Facebook Post them!

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. Youth Jumpstart Grantees can share ideas here. Or just text us through the Facebook 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!  Share the inspiration.

What Are You Doing for Grandparents Day - 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. 
Funding Opportunities
Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects. The Grammy Foundation's annual research project grants program awards up to $20,000 in funding to groups or individuals who research the effects of music. These can include effects on mood, physical health, and cognition, with priority given to those who have strong methodologies and pertinent research questions.Deadline: October 1, 2014. Learn more


Neighborhood Projects. The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation offers two grant programs: Neighborhood Planning Grants of $25,000 to $100,000 to support intensive 12- to 24-month resident-driven neighborhood planning process. Deadline: Sept. 5, 2014. Neighborhood Implementation Grants of $100,000 to $750,000 over three to five years are available to support comprehensive community development projects. Deadline: Oct. 24, 2014. Learn more


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

Great Resources


Sometimes It's Grandmas and Grandpas: Not Mommies and Daddies

Written from a child's point of view, this picture book centers around grandparents, Nonnie and Poppy, raising their cheerful and delightful grandchild. The book hopes to reassure children in such households about their experience: "It's not always mommies and daddies who care for children, and that's OK." Learn more




This Resource Roundup offers trusted materials developed by the highly respected Parents as Teachers organization, whose keen desire is to equip early childhood professionals with the very best information and tools to support their work on behalf of babies, toddlers and their parents. 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!

The National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement. Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. Chicago, IL. August 5-6, 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, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP) and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

In the News                

What does a grandfather in Japan do to ease the transition of his granddaughters who are sent to live with him after growing up in Canada? He builds them a life-size replica of Totoro, a spirit of the forest made popular through the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro. Read "Grandpa Makes Totoro for Grandkids After Move."


"Some of the world's best educators are grandparents.~Charles W. Shedd, American Presbyterian minister and author

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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