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 Volume 11, Issue 29
July 20, 2016
Generations United in the California Health Report
The California Health Report profiled The Eisner Foundation in their piece, " How uniting kids, elders helps both." The article, which featured  Generations United and other Eisner Prize Winners, was about the Foundation solely focusing on supporting intergenerational programs. "We're very excited and optimistic,"  Donna Butts said, "since they became really the first major foundation to focus on intergenerational solutions." Read the story

Help Grandfamilies Win in September!
Despite strong advocacy from the field and leadership from the Senate Finance Committee  Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden and their staff, the Senate adjourned early for summer recess yesterday without passing the  Family First Prevention Services Act, which would  provide key supportive services  to grandfamilies. The good news is that the Senate remains strongly committed to passing the bill when they return in September. Please note the statement released last week from Senator Wyden, urging passage of the legislation. And  help us  continue giving grandfamilies a voice on Capitol Hill. We need your support today. Thank you. 
Call for Proposals Now Open for Generation Remixed - Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016!
The 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference will showcase the best of intergenerational research, policy and programming. Recognizing the diversity in the intergenerational field, proposals should fall into one of the focus areas. Those categories include Technology Linking Generations, Grandfamilies and Health & Wellness. Learn more, then submit a proposal to present
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Emmy-nominated actress Keri Russell, best known for her leading roles in the series The Americans and Felicity, 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
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Susan Mason, who gave in honor of: "The Gym ladies past and present :)." 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.   
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 .
Child Trends' Qualitative Research Study of Kinship Diversion Practices
This brief explores the practice of "kinship diversion," in which children are placed with relatives as an alternative to foster care. Interviews and focus groups revealed common themes among agency caseworkers, kinship caregivers, and court personnel around the reasons for using kinship diversion. Learn more
New Play Helps Youth Learn from their Elders' Lived Experiences
When the Edmonds Senior Center teamed up with local high school drama students, the potential unleashed was "Spanning Generations," a stage performance of vignettes inspired by the elders' lived experiences. Edmonds is one of the sites implementing the National Council on Aging's Aging Mastery Program. Generations United developed a part of the curriculum that focuses on intergenerational connections. The stories in "Spanning Generations" provided life lessons for the young actors. Read the review.
Culture United
It's Just Aging
This book was written by two students of the Honolulu-based 'Iolani School's One Mile Project ( Eliah Takushi  and Carly Tan ) and Colby Takeda , administrator at the Plaza Assisted Living in Waikiki. It's Just Aging tells the story of  Lily, a playful young girl who loves her Tutu and Papa. On a beautiful day in Hawai`i, Lily learns how to make her Tutu's famous banana bread and, in the process, discovers some of the benefits and challenges of growing up.
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
Kairos Alive!
This week's cool idea, Minneapolis-based  Kairos Alive! , works to promote engagement, health maintenance and prevention, and connections to community for older generations. 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
Kids Run the Nation Fund. The Kids Run the Nation Fund, an initiative of the Road Runners Club of America, awards grants of $500 to $1,000 to U.S. nonprofits and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded running programs should offer more than just one-time events. Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016 (grant cycle opens on Aug. 1, 2016). Learn more

Fund for a Just Society. The Unitarian Universalist Association awards $6,000 and $8,000 in grants nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada that address issues of social and economic justice. The Fund supports organizations that use community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society and mobilize with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. Deadline: Sept. 15, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
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

An Encore of Service: Experienced Americans Helping Vulnerable Youth. This Encore call to action for those 50 and older to answer the call to service for children and youth features Generations United and other organizations whose shared experiences contributed to the ideas presented in this publication. Learn more

Overlooked But Not Forgotten: Social Security Lifts Millions More Children Out of Poverty. This new report from the Center for Global Policy Solutions found that Social Security helps nine percent of all U.S. children under the age of 18. 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
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
"If all generations of people freely and abundantly give care to others and to our world, we will have an eternal source of love and hope that fulfills the needs of all ages...for all future." ~Mattie J. T. Stepanek, peacemaker & poet

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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