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 Volume 13, Issue 44
October 31, 2018

Deadline Extended! Submit to Present at our 2019 Conference by Nov. 9
Submit your proposal to present at Generations United's 20th Global Intergenerational Conference, co-hosted by Bridge Meadows! We are currently seeking proposals for conference educational sessions that will enhance the intergenerational field's capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. Extended Deadline: Nov. 9. Learn more.

In the News
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts' Stateline highlights our new report, Love Without Borders. The article also quotes our Special Advisor Ana Beltran, our report's primary author. Read the article.
  • The Sun Herald reported on grandparents raising grandchildren. The article cites a Generations United report. Read on.
  • The Daily  Ardmoreite's story, " If parents get deported, who gets their children?," highlighted our 2018 State of Grandfamilies report. The article also quotes Ana! Read the story.
  • TribLive reported on grandparents raising grandchildren because of the opioid crisis. The article cites a Generations United study.  Read the article .
  • The Post-Star did a story on grandparents raising grandchildren. The piece quotes Ana.  Learn more.
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Cool Ideas
Honor Flight
Fourteen students from Le Moyne College's Department of Nursing volunteered their time to travel with 62 veterans in from Syracuse to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II memorial. For the veterans, it was a trip back in time. For the students, it was an opportunity to learn about the WWII era and give back to those who served in that war. The group was part of the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit organization that was established in 2005 to bring veterans to the capital to visit the monuments created in honor of their service and sacrifice. 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.
Grandfamilies Stories - Love WIthout Borders
The Olsons: Immigration Issues Leave Grandfamily in the Dark
Sharon Olson never anticipated how her life would change when she said goodbye to her young son as he left for his first overseas assignment with the Air Force in 1988. What ensued was the Olsons raising their grandchildren because of their mother's mental health issues. They sacrificed their savings in the process and fought to keep their granddaughter from being deported to England. The Olsons story  is among those featured in our report, Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration . Read the full story.
Culture United
Halloween (2018)
Featuring three generations of women, Halloween (2018) delivered up scares at the box office. It's been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Laurie's now a mom and grandmother. When Myers breaks out of prison and returns to Haddonfield, she's waiting for him. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jamie Lee Curtis discusses how three generations of Halloween women are taking back the horror movie narrative. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us 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 the 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
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums. This special initiative offers grants between $5,000 and $50,000 to help small museums implement projects that address Lifelong Learning, Community Anchors and Catalysts, and Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018.
Learn more.

Pop Up Rapid Response Grants. The Pop Culture Collaborative have grants ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 for organizations working to build movements, drive campaigns, produce stories, and leverage media and entertainment mediums to drive positive narrative and social change in popular culture. Funded projects must impact, support, or engage people of color, immigrants, refugees, or Muslims. Deadline: on a rolling basis. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic (Updated).  The amended report shows that -- overall -- foster care systems are relying more on grandparents and other relatives to care for children when their parents cannot. The report includes recommendations on how to connect grandfamilies to the same supports and services that traditional unrelated foster families receive. Learn more

All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .
Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more .

20th Global Intergenerational Conference.  Generations United and Bridge Meadows.  Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more
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"It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality." ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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