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 Volume 14, Issue 25
June 19, 2019
Bridging the Generations a Success!
After years of planning, registering, and sweet anticipation, Generations United's sold-out Bridging the Generations conference came -- and went -- too soon. Our special thanks to our conference partner, Bridge Meadows, our leadership team, and to all the members of the conference planning committee. To our attendees, awardees, sponsors, speakers, board members, and volunteers, we thank you for your enthusiasm and support. For those who could not attend, we missed you and wanted to share some of our favorite moments with you. Check out the recap for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Here are the conference photo highlights!

Once again, thank you for making the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference the best ever!
Generations United in the News
  • In a recent column, Washington Post's syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary highlighted how the opioid crisis is leading to elder financial abuse. Her column also quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Read the article.
  • The Hays Daily News highlighted tips for grandparents raising grandkids. The article also quotes our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent. Read the article.
  • In her Medium blog, our Executive Director Donna Butts explains why vaccines for all ages make sense. Read her take on herd immunity.
  • McKnight's Senior Living highlights our report with The Eisner Foundation , which breaks down the four phases of developing and operating intergenerational shared sites. Learn more .
  • In their BlogRx series, EVERFI highlighted our "Grand Resource: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use." The piece also quotes our Executive Director Donna Butts. Learn more.
  • Thrive Global ran a piece on generational diversity and asked the question: Are we ignoring our strongest assets? The piece cites a Generations United report. Check it out.
New Report Highlights Ways to Develop and Sustain Spaces that Serve Young and Old Together
A new report, The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old, from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country. This report builds off a 2018 Generations United/Eisner Foundation Harris poll that found 89 percent of Americans think that serving both children/youth and older adults at the same location is a good use of resources. However, only 26 percent are aware of intergenerational shared sites in their own communities. This new report digs deeper into the challenges shared sites face and shares ways to develop and operate spaces that successfully serve youth and older adults together. Learn more.
Generations United Podcast
Join our host Donna Butts on The Generations United Podcast for candid and lively conversations with luminaries in the intergenerational field such as's CEO Marc Freedman (Ep. 2). Washington Post syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary also appears as a guest in a podcast episode.  Tune in to learn how to strengthen our communities and improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational relationships. Check it out
Humans of Dementia: An Intergenerational Storytelling Contest
Generations United -- in partnership with MemoryWellAARP , Hilarity for Charity, and the National Scholastic Press Association -- is excited to announce a nationwide contest for high school and college students to write the best profile of someone living with Alzheimer's disease. The contest kicks off in October 2019. Learn more
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Cool Ideas
'Gramping' Event Tightens Family Bonds
In 2017, it was estimated that there might be 24,000 or more grandparents in San Diego County who are raising their grandchildren. But even with a number that high, it's easy for these grandparents to feel alone in their efforts. To help connect these families and bring them much-needed resources, the County's Health and Human Services Agency and County Parks and Recreation put on their first ever "gramping" event. 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.
Culture United
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Meme Fox
This 1984 children's picture book tells the story of Wilfrid, a boy who lives next door to a nursing home in which resides Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. She's his favorite friend because, like Wilfrid, she has four names. When his friend 'loses' her memory, Wilfrid tries to find it for her. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. 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 !
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Support for Local Archives in Marginalized Communities. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Scholarly Communications program has issued a call for proposals to community-based archives in the United States and its territories that represent and serve marginalized communities. Grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 will be provided to organizations with an annual operating budget of no more than $1 million. Deadline: July 1, 2019. Learn more

Support for Environmental and Financial Literacy Programs. The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address one or more of the following areas of interest: environmental health and justice, land conservation, sustainability of resources, mountaintop removal mining, watershed protection, and K-12 financial literacy. Deadline: Rolling. Learn more

National Volunteer Care Corps. The Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA) is making this competitive grant opportunity available to eligible entities for the purpose of testing and supporting models of local programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist family caregivers and/or assists older adults and individuals with disabilities in maintaining independence by providing non-medical care. Deadline: June 21, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to .
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Understanding and Appreciating the Challenges and Supports and Kinship Families in Early Childhood for Grandfamilies. The recording from this May webinar, which featured our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and our GrAND Member Victoria Gray, is available. Learn more.

Survey of Shared Site Intergenerational Programs.  This resource from Generations United and The Ohio State University, with support from The Eisner Foundation, contributes to the goal of establishing a new national baseline of shared site intergenerational programs. The study results were incorporated into All In Together: Creating Places Where Young and Old Thrive , a report issued by Generations United and The Eisner Foundation. Learn more about the survey.

New Toolkit Helps Child Welfare Leaders Promote Family First Law. This toolkit from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is designed to help child welfare leaders and advocates talk about how the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) can improve outcomes for children and families. The toolkit offers talking points on the benefits of the Family First law and tips for media interviews. Learn more.
"International Advocacy Workshop." International Federation for Family Development. Budapest. Sept. 2-4, 2019. Learn more.
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"If I could do a podcast with my best friend, it would be with my granddaughter, Sierra. We would call it 'Beauty and the Grandpa.' Or -- no, I get top billing -- 'Grandpa and the Beauty.'" ~LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow, Roots, Star Trek)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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