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 Volume 11, Issue 11
March 16, 2016
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In her article, " Millennials in the Burbs? You Won't Believe the Latest Home-Buying Trends," Clare Trapasso brought up a challenge for aspiring home buyers of any generation: the down payment. While a small 23 percent of millennials relied on family for help, Donna Butts said that family help might not be what it once was. "Parents these days may be tapped out from financing their children's college tuition," she noted, "as well as trying to help them pay down their student loan debt." Read the full article
Registration Now Open for Generations United's 30th Anniversary and Best Intergenerational Communities Awards
Join us on April 19, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in Washington, DC, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and recognize our 2016 MetLife Foundation / Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities:  City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Eastman Communities Association of Grantham, New Hampshire; and our National Finalist: City of Coral Springs, Florida. Learn more, then register today.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Facebook Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is part of our  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign ( #BandAGEofhonor ), which we launched in partnership with the 
Voice Your Support for Policies to Help Children and Older Adults
This week Congress is scheduled to vote on a proposal to eliminate the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG). SSBG is a major funder for state and local child abuse prevention and child abuse protection services. In many states, it is the major source of funding for adult protective services. Contact your members of Congress today (202-224-3121) and tell them to protect children and older adults by protecting the Social Services Block Grand from cuts. You can also sign your organization onto this letter by emailing .
The World Health Organization's #YearAhead Campaign Against Agism
Join the WHO's #YearsAhead campaign to stop the discrimination and stereotyping of people based on their age.  Share a photo that presents a positive image of ageing - one that reflects most people's experience and signals the way we all want to live life as we age! Learn more
You'll Want to be in Milwaukee on June 13-17, 2017
City of Milwaukee, WI, is a 2016 MetLife Foundation/Generations United Best Intergenerational Communities Award winner! That's reason enough to attend the Global Intergenerational Conference, June 13-17, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI. This one-of-a-kind 19th biennial conference provides an opportunity for all ages and abilities from all over the world to learn, network and share innovative practices and programs in the intergenerational field.

Stay tuned to Generations This Week and the conference website  for updates including call for proposals and registration details. Please contact Emily Patrick or Cathy Feldkamp if you are interested in serving on the planning committee.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, CEHS Institute for Intergenerational Relations, and renewing member, National Association of Counties, for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.
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2017 Biennial Global Ageing Conference
The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing's Calls for Proposals
IAHSA encourages colleagues to submit proposals for consideration  on the following  topics:  
  • Wellness, dementia care, as well as culture change initiatives.
  • Enabling technologies aimed at improving care and service delivery.
  • Housing and service delivery models that enable independence and facilitate aging in place.
  • Design, expansion and renovation of buildings, interiors and landscapes.
  • Change management, leadership practices as well as board and workforce development.
  • Issues related to continuous quality improvement and care coordination. 
Accepted submissions will also be eligible for consideration for the 2016-2017 IAHSA Awards for Excellence. Deadline: June 2016.  Learn more

Culture United
You Hold Me and I'll Hold You by Jo Carson and Annie Cannon
When a small girl hears her father's aunt has died and they must drive to Tennessee for the funeral, she worries about how different it will be from her backyard service for their hamster. It's so different in a church when relatives cry and a preacher is saying "all the stuff he's thought of." Death is enormous then, and that's when comfort ("You hold me," says Daddy, "and I'll hold you) is most precious.

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
Opening Minds through Art
This  Women's History Month, we  highlight  Dr. Elizabeth   Lokon's 
Opening Minds through Art (OMA) , an intergenerational art program for people with  dementia.

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 .   Learn more about OMA .
Internship Opportunities                
Join our Team as a Summer Intern
Generations United is looking for exceptional individuals for summer internships in Washington, DC. Our internships provide opportunities to build research skills, become involved with advocacy training and engage in an active intergenerational network.  See additional details and qualifications If you are passionate about building a better world for people of all ages, contact Adam Otto at  or 202-777-0117 by March 31.

Shadow Day 
The Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Program is an all-expenses paid opportunity for young people with personal experience in the foster care system to spend time with their Congressional representative, as well as White House officials, in Washington, D.C. The dates of associated travel and events are Sun., May 22nd through Fri, May 27th, 2016. Deadline: March 18th, 2016 Learn more

Summer Teen Internship Program 2016
Generations United member,  DOROT, has a Summer Teen Internship Program, which offers two four-week sessions for high school students to be of service to older adults. Eligible applicants are students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors. Through a competitive process, they choose up to 18 interns for each session.  Deadline: May 13, 2016  Learn more
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
2015-2016 OMEGA Scholarships. Through the generous sponsorship of the MIT AgeLab, the   New England University Transportation Center , and AARP , OMEGA is proud to offer   three new $1000  college scholarships to recognize and reward the efforts that young adults are making to create multigenerational connections. High school juniors and seniors living in one of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) are eligible to apply for scholarships. Deadline: March 20, 2016. Learn more

Innovations in American Government Awards.  Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation is offering the $100,000  Roy and Lila Ash Innovations Award for Public Engagement in Government , a special Innovations Award that will recognize government-led programs that demonstrate novel and effective approaches to increasing public engagement and participation in the governance of towns, cities, states, and the nation.  Deadline: April 15, 2016.   Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources
The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America. The Summit was a collaboration with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and the National Center for Creative Aging. It helps set goals to overcome ageism with collective advocacy that promotes lifelong learning, health and wellness, and age friendly communities through creative engagement, through the arts, humanities, and design. Learn more

Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.  This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. 

State of Grandfamilies in America: 2015.  In this  second edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report , Generations United identified key state laws and policies specifically designed to address barriers and better support the diverse and unique population of grandparents and other relatives raising children. 
Aging in America.  American Society on Aging.  Washington, DC. Mar. 20*-24, 2016.   Learn more

* Intergenerational Connections Peer Group.  Mar. 20, 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM. Learn more

Educate. Ignite. Transform. National Youth Leadership Council. Minneapolis, MN. Mar. 30 - Apr. 2, 2016.  Learn more 

Coming Together: Building the Path, Shining the Light.  Lutheran Services in America.  Minneapolis, MN. Apr. 25-28, 2016.  Learn more

The 8th Eden Alternative International Conference. The Eden Alternative. Little Rock, AK. May 3-5, 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
"It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age." ~Margaret Mead (Happy Women's History Month!)

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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