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 Volume 11, Issue 44
November 2, 2016
Generations United in the News
  • Kim Eckart's article for Open Democracy featured Bridge Meadows in a story on an affordable-housing community where youth and elders live together. The article also quotes Donna ButtsRead the article.
  • In her article for Stateline, Teresa Wiltz highlighted the number of grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of the opioid epidemic. The article cites our report and quotes Jaia Peterson Lent. Read the article
  • The Mankato Free Press's Brian Arola featured a grandparent raising awareness for fellow caretakers. This story highlights our Grand NETWORK members. Read the story | Learn more about our Grand NETWORK
  • In his article for The Daily Progress, David McNair highlighted grandfamilies' challenges and rewards. The article also cited our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report. Read the article
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Meet Next Avenue's 2016 Influencers in Aging
Next Avenue named a number of our friends among their 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers, experts and everyday people who are helping redefine what it means to grow older. We'll be calling out our friends on social media. Congratulations to  Ashton Applewhite (author of This Chair Rocks),  Anne Basting (founder of TimeSlips Creative Storytelling - Generations United Program of Distinction), our Strategic Advisor Bob Blancato (president of Matz, Blancato & Associates), Michael Eisner (board member and founder of The Eisner Foundation), John Feather (CEO of Grantmakers in Aging) and our board member Karyne Jones (president and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.). Learn more
A Dance for Life Helps Young Women Build Self Esteem, Recognize Their Strengths
Twenty-seven young ladies in or affiliated with the foster care system, many of them raised by their grandparents, participated in a 10-week preparatory program leading to an evening cotillion ball - A Dance for Life - that will take place Sat., Nov. 5. Generations United helped facilitate the donation of 27 dresses by connecting A Second Chance, Inc., to Madeline Gardner, designer at MORILEE. Learn more
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
I f 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   .
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions.  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.  If you're an organization, Join us!
Grandfamily Stories 
Shaheed Morris: "If not for her, who knows how my life might have unfolded"
Shaheed was born with fetal distress related to his mother's drug and alcohol use while she was pregnant. He had no ability to move his neck and head and not much hope for survival. "I'm thankful that my grandmother took the initiative to go to the hospital and claim me," Shaheed said. "Otherwise, I was en route to foster care. If not for her, who knows how my life might have unfolded." Read Shaheed's story.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge 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 
Culture United
Is Anybody There?
Ten-year-old Edward lives in a house his financially-strapped parents converted into a residence for older adults. Though he doesn't like having elderly housemates, he searches for evidence of an afterlife by recording their dying breaths. When Clarence, an aging magician, moves into the home, Edward finally has a chance to make a real friend. 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
Sages & Seekers
This week's cool idea is Sages & Seekers, one of our 2016 Programs of Distinction designees. Sages & Seekers is a one-to-one, Senior-to-Student experiential learning program designed to diminish ageism, as well as revitalize interpersonal interactions. 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 awards grants for advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance. 
Proposals are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research & Resources  
New Report Recommends Actions to Replace the Youth Prison Model. This report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation recommends a continuum of community-based programs over the prison model for America's youth. The report also documents how youth detention facilities fail to protect the community and turn young lives around. 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

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit . The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
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

Call for Proposals for 2017 CWLA National Conference. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC. Proposal deadline: Nov. 30, 2016. Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

Registration Now Open! International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018. Learn more
"Culture does not change because we desire to change it. Culture changes when the organization is transformed; the culture reflects the realities of people working together every day." ~Frances Hesselbein

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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