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 Volume 11, Issue 35
Aug. 31, 2016
Generations United in The Chronicle of Social Change
  • Reporter Devon Ziminski featured our longtime friends at the Treehouse Foundation in an article on intergenerational communities. The article, which also highlighted Hope Meadows and Generations Together, quoted Donna Butts: "Older...want to still have a purpose in life ... and an intergenerational community where they're viewed as a resource and asset is great for them," Read the story.
  • Another story by Devon Ziminski profiled Treehouse Foundation's Founder, Judy Cockerton. The article also quotes Donna"These intergenerational communities play a really important role to provide support for foster youth and families." Read the article
Senator Hatch to Receive Grandfamilies Champion Award!
We're thrilled to announce that Senator Orrin Hatch will receive Generations United's Grandfamilies Champion Award. Senator Hatch will accept the award during our 2016 State of Grandfamilies Report release event on Sept. 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The event will be emceed by  award-winning, nationally-s yndicated 
Washington Post  c olumnist  Michelle Singletary Register today!
Countdown to Generations Remixed! Part 2: Mariano Sanchez
Generations Remixed, the  2017 Global Intergenerational Conference in Milwaukee is less than a year away! We're getting age-amped about it and so are some of our past conference attendees. For example, long-time conference attendee Mariano Sánchez, Professor of Sociology at the University of Grenada, Spain, is eager for next June 13 and 16 and conference time. Learn moreand submit your proposal to present by Sept. 30th  
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!  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 .

Show Your Support for Grandfamilies
The Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) would provide prevention services to grandfamilies and help address barriers to licensing them. The bill passed the House in June, but is still pending in the Senate. Show your support by signing your organization onto the sign on letter supporting the bill  AND calling your senators to ask them to "Pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R.5456)." Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your senators. 
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar  is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from 
Pfizer .   Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank William Carey for his Tribute Gift in honor of Donna's Birthday. You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. 
Culture United
The Giver
The Giver by Lois Lowry  centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. That's until he meets The Giver, a wise old man, who transmits memories by placing his hands on Jonas's bare back. Through The Giver's memories, Jonas experiences pleasure and pain, sees bright colors, and feels extreme cold and warm temperatures. He also experiences excitement, terror, hunger and love. Jonas's life is richer because The Giver's  memories. He wishes the people he loves could experience that richness and meaning. But with their peaceful existence, Jonas's community lost the capacity to love him back or to feel deep passion about anything. 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
Lisnaskea Genealogy Workshops
This week's cool ideas are Lisnaskea Genealogy Workshops in Northern Ireland. The participants' grandchildren help them use technology to learn about their family tree. Learn more

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
Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program. The Foundation's Grant Program provides a variety of support - Preservation Implementation grants ($20,000); Assistance, Assessment and Consultation grants ($5,000) and the Scientific Research Projects grants ($20,000) - to organizations and individuals that either advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas or are conducting research the impact of music on the human condition. Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Bridges Program Curricula Suite Informational webinar.  Bridges Together is offering their award-winning Bridges Program Curricula Suite to MA-based communities, thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Bridges Together is offering two webinars about their funding opportunity and info on how to apply. Mon., Sept. 12,  at 3pm EST and Thurs., Oct. 6, at 12pm EST. Learn more

Research & Resources  
Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being (Older Americans 2016).  This chartbook, prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum), provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of the older population. Indicators are categorized into six broad groups: Population, Economics, Health Status, Health Risks and Behaviors, Health Care, and Environment.  It's available for order.

How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. 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 on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
2016 State of Grandfamilies Report Release.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 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

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 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  
  • Proposals for presentation due Sept. 30th.
"A little nonsense now & then is relished by the wisest men" ~Willy Wonka / RIP Gene Wilder

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Alan King
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