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Check Out Our 2015 Conference Website!
Congratulations to Our 2014 Programs of Distinction Designees
Annie E. Casey Foundation to Release 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book and State Rankings This Month
Request for Research on Intergenerational Programs
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Elder Care Alliance's Call for Submissions for ReDefining Age: A Square Foot Art Show
Lets Get Grandparents Day on Google Doodle
PALETTE - Cool Intergenerational Ideas
Grandparents Day Activities
Become a Generations United Senior Fellow
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
Events
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 Volume 9, Issue 27
July 9, 2014

Check Out Our 2015 Conference Website!

Our preliminary schedule is up for Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale Conference in Honolulu, HI, July 21-24, 2015. Please check the website often, especially in the fall, for updates, access to registration and Call for Proposals. Learn more

Congratulations to Our 2014 Programs of Distinction Designees

Receiving this honor is no small feat. Applicants go through a rigorous consideration process by an expert review panel. That's why we take our hats off to Virginia Commonwealth University's Family Care Center, Jewish Home Lifecare's Geriatric Career Development Program and AARP Experience Corps for receiving this U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs. Stay tuned...in the next three weeks, we'll profile each of our 2014 designees. Learn more about the designation and see our list of past winners

Annie E. Casey Foundation to Release 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book and State Rankings This Month

This year marks the 25th printing of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT Data Book, an annual report providing an illustrative examination of data trends affecting the conditions of children and families in the United States. The Foundation is calling on its KIDS COUNT National Outreach Partners to get the word out about a special edition of the Data Book that will be released at 12:01 a.m. EDT on July 22nd. You can help, too! Learn more

Request for Research on Intergenerational Programs

Generations United is collecting the latest research demonstrating the benefits of intergenerational programs to children, youth, older adults and communities. We're creating a one-page visual with statistics, which can be used to make the case for intentionally engaging generations. Examples of the research we would like to include are: benefits of intergenerational relationships/programs for improvements in health, increased socialization, increased academic success, community solidarity, etc. We would prefer research with quantitative data rather than personal narratives. Please send any information to Ilana Mittleman.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks the Brookdale Foundation for its recent gift. Merci. 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.

Elder Care Alliance's Call for Submissions for ReDefining Age: A Square Foot Art Show

The Elder Care Alliance is changing the focus from generational labels and segmentations, like "Baby Boomer" or "Generation X," to a new cohort composed of different generations in which age is not a label or a limit. And they need your help. All artists, from toddlers to elders, are invited to submit a 12" square image that honors your personal experience and celebrates something about your current age. Learn more

Let's Get Grandparents Day on Google Doodle     

Ever notice how Google's logo changes to reflect different days? Did you just assume that it automatically happened? Actually, Google Doodles are requested by people just like you and me! This year let's work to get Grandparents Day on the Google Doodle! All you have to do is email your request to proposals@google.doodle.com.

(PHOTO: Courtesy) A PALETTE student and older adult engage in a visual arts activity.

PALETTE - Cool Intergenerational Ideas

In part eight, we feature PALETTE - Promoting Art for Life Enrichment Through Transgenerational Engagement - an intergenerational program in Richmond, VA. 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! Disclaimer:  Spotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.  Share the inspiration. Learn more about PALETTE

Grandparents Day Activities

If you haven't decided yet on an activity, visit www.grandparentsday.org. We'll feature creative ideas through our blog, social media and/or Generations This Week e-newsletter. This week, we're highlighting Grands As Parents, Inc. in Philadelphia, PA, and Grandparents as Parents in Canoga Park, CAGAP, Inc. Philadelphia is ringing in Grandparents Day by celebrating their 19th Anniversary with a national grandparents day luncheon (learn more). In Canoga Park, GAP's Grandparents Day celebration includes their 5th Annual Sunday Brunch and fundraiser (learn more). Let us know what you're doing on Grandparents Day. 

Become a Generations United Senior Fellow

Are you a senior professional in the Washington, DC, area who has expertise, energy and wisdom to share? Then we're looking to recruit you as a Senior Fellow. The fellowship 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. Senior fellows may receive a small stipend. 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. Youth Service America's Summer of Service Awards is a $1,000 grant offered 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 aking@gu.org

Great Resources

Books

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 

 

Resources

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

 

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!
Events
Conferences 
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, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP) and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

 

Celebrations

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

In the News                

According to NPR's Ina Jaffe, there's a scarcity of terms for describing older adults and the aging process. Listen to a recording of Morning Edition's "NPR Survey Reveals Despised and Acceptable Terms for Aging."

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"Of all the self fulfilling prophecies of our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.~Marilyn Ferguson


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We want Generations This Week to be a real resource for you. Please send us 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 aking@gu.org. I'd love to hear from you!

 

Best,       

 

Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 

 

  
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