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Conference Survey
Congrats to the 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 Honorees
Tribute to Sam Osterhage
A Grandparents Day Story
Have a Great Session Idea for LeadingAge's Next Annual Meeting? - Nov. 1-4, 2015.
Call for Abstracts/Papers: International Global Aging Conference in Perth
Westchester County Makes "Cross-Age Collaboration" a Reality for Residents
Grand Stand: Why Grandparents Care About Investments in Nebraska's Young Children
It's that Time Again! Help Us Spread the Word about the Best Intergenerational Communities Awards!
September is Intergeneration Month!
Foster Grandparent Program - Cool Ideas
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
In the News
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 Volume 9, Issue 38
September 24, 2014
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Conference Survey

With planning for the Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale event underway, our conference committee wants your opinion. Please take a minute to complete this short, 3-question survey. Whether or not you you plan to join us, we look forward to hearing from you. Take the survey

l-r: Irv Katz, Jo Ann Jenkins, Donna Butts & Jim Firman.

Congrats to the 2014 NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50 Honorees

Donna Butts, who has been honored three years in a row, celebrated Thursday evening with fellow honorees and Generations United's founding leaders Irv Katz (president of National Human Services Assembly), Jo Ann Jenkins (CEO of AARP) and Jim Firman (president of National Council on Aging).

Tribute to Sam Osterhage

We remember Sam Osterhage, a Generations United/Mentor Up Youth Jumpstart Grantee, who passed away recently. A resident of Santa Barbara, CA, he designed an intergenerational program, "Play it Forward" to incorporate the older adult community with the young rockers of the Rockshop Academy. Osterhage inspired his peers, who are also passionate about making an impact in their community. His fellow Youth Jumpstart Grantee, Sean Butler, said Osterhage is unforgettable. "We immediately became friends not only because we had so much in common, but because of his warm welcoming heart," said Butler, who met Osterhage at the Generations United/Mentor Up's January convening in Washington, DC. "His personality brought a smile to all of our faces. I can say he was truly a blessing to this world and will be missed dearly." Read other tributes to Sam on the TEAM SAMO Facebook page.

Tom Taylor with his granddaughter
A Grandparents Day Story
Three days before Grandparents Day, our Seniors4Kids special advisor Tom Taylor received a special call. Read his blog post on our Together BlogLet us know how you celebrated Grandparents Day so we can possibly share your story. Let's Do Something Grand all year long. Check out for ideas. Read Tom's story

Have a Great Session Idea for LeadingAge's 2015 Annual Meeting?

LeadingAge is seeking original, thought-provoking intergenerational proposals that help aging services providers share creative approaches, innovative practices and emerging trends impacting the field. Learn more

Call for Abstracts/Papers: Seeking Intergenerational Sessions

The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) is partnering with Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) to host a joint Global Aging Conference around the theme of "communities coming together." The conference will be held in Perth, Australia, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4, 2015. If you're interested in presenting at the conference, be sure to submit your abstracts/papers online before October 24, 2014. Learn more
Legislator Catherine Borgia reading the proclamation with Legislator Lyndon Williams (left) Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky (2nd from right) and Janice Lubin Kirschner, Senior Director JCY-Westchester Community Partners, a division of Family Service Society of Yonkers. Click here to view enlarged photo.
Westchester County Makes "Cross-Age Collaboration" a Reality for Residents

Congrats to JCY-Westchester Community Partners, a division of Family Service Society of Yonkers (FSSY), as well as Westchester County Public Private Partnership for Aging Services and Westchester Chapter of the New York State Intergenerational Network (NYSIgN)Last week, the Westchester County Government announced that they approved a resolution to establish a "Cross-Age Collaboration" to promote and strengthen purposeful intergenerational bonds. JCY-Westchester Community Partners, a Division of FSSY, was instrumental in the County Government's commitment to develop intergenerational strategies that improve Westchester County's fiscal health, economic development and sustainability.

Grand Stand: Why Grandparents Care About Investments in Nebraska's Young Children

Nebraska's older adults know that quality early childhood care and experiences impact their state's economic future. Through personal stories and cited research, older adults - from the superintendent of schools in a rural community to Nebraska AARP's advocacy director to the state's First Lady - make the case for investing in Nebraska's children and youth. Learn more
Deadline Less Than a Month Away!
Best Intergenerational Communities Awards! - Deadline: Oct. 15
Proud of your community? Does it offer a well-rounded life for all generations? Then apply today to be considered for a 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Award sponsored by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. No community's too big or too small. Check out our Social Media Toolkit to help us spread the word with sample Facebook mentions, tweets, and newsletter articles. We've also included logos you can use if you wish. 

September is Intergeneration Month!

Take time during this month for thoughtful action in any way that intentionally connects generations.  Host or join a generational event.  Go to the Intergeneration Foundation's website to find ways to celebrate together or invent your own.  Have fun!  Then, let Intergeneration Foundation share it with others as a part of the Intergeneration Month  "Connect All Ages Campaign." Send details of your Intergeneration Celebration so they may post and share more amazing celebrations and ideas on their website.  To find ideas for your Intergeneration celebration, or to share your ideas with others, go to

Foster Grandparent Program - Cool Ideas

In part 18 of our series, we feature the Foster Grandparent Program, an initiative of NOrth Coast Opportunities, Inc. in Ukiah, CA. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideasYou can also post them to our Intergenerational

Connections Facebook Group or 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! DisclaimerSpotlighting ideas does not imply Generations United's endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs. Share the inspiration. Learn more about the Foster Grandparents Program.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters

Generations United thanks our members and supporters. 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.

Funding Opportunities

National Grants Program. ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is currently accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2015 round of its National Grants Program. Grants range from $50,000-$500,000. This year ArtPlace intends to support approximately 40 projects with roughly $10 million. Deadline: 3:59 PM EST on Nov. 3, 2014. Learn more


Whole Kids Foundation: School Garden Grant Program. Whole Kids Foundation is providing $2,000 grants to schools and nonprofit organizations working at schools in the U.S. and Canada with new or existing garden projects at any stage of development - planning, construction, or operation, that help children engage with fresh fruits and vegetables. Deadline: Oct. 31, 2014. Learn more


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

Great Resources

Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes and Policy Options

Produced through a joint project by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and the Brookings Institution, this report found that providing better access to federal food-assistance programs may lower food insecurity among U.S. children. Learn more


Cradling Literacy: Building Teachers' Skills to Nurture Early Language and Literacy From Birth to Five (Training of Trainers)

This interactive training provides trainers a chance to deepen their understanding of early development and apply practical strategies for teaching others about early language and literacy. Learn more


When Your Parents Move In

In this book, David Horgan and Shira Block offer advice that help family members deal with the far-reaching implications of having a parent move in and the impact it can have on every aspect of a family's life. Learn more

Elders as Resources for the Environment

This resource highlights "gray and green" efforts, which call upon older adults' lifetime of experience and/or new-found commitment to the well-being of the planet, to improve the environment. Learn more


Voice of Senior Citizens

This newsletter is a resource of AGEING NEPAL, a not-for-profit Non-Government Organization operating out of South Asia. 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!

Imagine 2030: Mobilizing Our Communities Across Generations. Hawaii Pacific Gerontological Society. Honolulu, HI. Sept. 29-30, 2014. Learn more


Embracing Diversity: Living & Working with Aging GLBT Communities. SAGE-LI, Hofstra and NYSIgN. Hempstead, NY. Oct. 16, 2014. Learn more 


ReDefining Age: Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Nashville, TN. Oct. 19-22, 2014. Learn more 


Global Youth Forum 2014. People to People International. Kansas City, MO. Nov. 5-9, 2014. Learn more 


47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Children and Families. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-11, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 

In the News
In an article co-authored with Brent Shafer, Bill Novelli noted that today's technology makes it possible for 90 percent of older Americans, who want to age in place, to do so. But few plan to use the very devices that will help them live independently. Read "The IT keys to aging in place."

"A society for all ages is multigenerational. It is not fragmented, with youths, adults and older persons going their separate ways. Rather, it is age-inclusive, with different generations recognizing - and acting upon - their commonality of interest." ~UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, October, 1998

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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