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 Volume 14, Issue 8
February 20, 2019
Intergenerational Trailblazers to be Featured at our 20th Global Conference!
Planning to attend the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in Portland this June? Join us for an inspirational and informative closing session you won't want to miss! The grand finale of our gathering will include remarks from intergenerational trailblazers including:
  • Marc Freedman, President & CEO,
  • Bill Thomas, Founder, ChangingAging
  • Donna Butts, Executive Director, Generations United
  • Derenda Schubert, Executive Director, Bridge Meadows
  • Tim Carpenter, CEO & Founder, EngAGE
The closing session will take place on Fri., June 14, from 11:30-1:15 p.m.

Generations United in the News
  • In their joint piece for
    American Society on Aging's blog, our Executive Director Donna Butts and The Eisner Foundation's CEO Trent Stamp highlighted our intergenerational shared sites report and their session at the Aging in America conference with Kingsley House's CEO Keith Liederman and Shannon Jarrott, a professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University College of Social Work! Learn more
Deadline for Awards Nomination - this Friday!
The deadline for award submission is this Friday! Consider  nominating an individual, team, organization, or community group for their outstanding contributions to the fields of intergenerational work and grandfamilies. M ultiple awards will be presented throughout our conference in June.  Learn more about the awards and submit your nomination .    
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and also thank our new member, Aging in Community, for their support . 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 !
Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
Our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and longtime advisor Ana Beltran will be among those presenting in an informative webinar Thurs., Feb. 28, from 3 to 4 PM ET, on how and why to comply with mandatory March 31st Family First Act licensing requirements. Learn more and register today! 
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Apply by Midnight for FosterClub's 2019 All-Star 
Do you know a young person that has experienced foster or kinship/relative care? Are they between the ages of 18-24? Are they looking for a new experience this summer? Do they want to travel the US, become a leader, and mentor other foster youth? Then check out this opportunity! Deadline: Midnight tonight.  Learn more and apply today!
Culture United
Grandmother's  Visit
Grandmother lives with Grace's family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello when she picks her up at the end of the day. Then, Grandmother stops walking Grace to and from school, and the door to her room stays closed. Father comes home early to make dinner, but the rice bowls stay full. One day, Grandmother's room is empty. And one day, Grandmother is buried. After the funeral, Grace's mom turns on all the outside lights so that Grandmother's spirit can find its way home for one final goodbye. 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.
Cool Ideas
Lasell Village Helps Propel Age-Friendly University Movement
While many continuing care retirement communities offer lifelong learning opportunities, Lasell Village, which is located on the campus of Lasell College, has gone further. From the time of its founding in 2000, its residents have agreed to complete at least 450 hours per year of activities such as coursework, student mentorship and research projects. 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
Japan-U.S. Friendship  Commission.  JUSFC, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, seeks applications for a Creative Arts Fellowship program. The program will support and select up to five collaborative projects of U.S.-Japan artists representative of diverse genres and regions of both countries, to be showcased in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in summer 2020. Deadline: March 1, 2019. Learn more.

2019 Policy Innovations Challenge. The National Academy of Social Insurance, in collaboration with AARP, have grants between $20,000 and $25,000 for three to five applicants with winning proposals that address the income adequacy needs of older workers who must claim Social Security retirement benefits before their full retirement age due to poor health, an inability to continue to perform physically demanding jobs, or other factors. Deadline: March 29, 2019. Learn more.

Increasing Access to Healthy Foods Grant. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) announced grant funds from the Walmart Foundation to support healthy eating and food access through parks and recreation. NRPA will be funding 15 grantees, through one-year grants ranging from $30,000 - $35,000, to build off of existing nutrition efforts, including participation in the USDA child nutrition programs, and implement new, innovative strategies that improve access to healthy foods in diverse communities. Deadline: March 6, 2019. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to .
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
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.  

GRAND Resource: Help for Grandfamilies impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use. This resource from Generations United provides tips, practical information and a list of additional resources covering five topic areas - Practicing Self-Care; Addressing Childhood Trauma; Preventing Harmful Drug Use by Children; Engaging with Birth Parents; and Talking with a Child about their Birth Parent. Learn more.

Brief: Frames That Inform Intergenerational Work. The intent of this brief is to increase awareness of the fact that people come at intergenerational issues from different vantage points and "frames." The brief also points out areas of commonality relative to perceptions and framing of these fields that can and should influence how we make the case for intergenerational programs, policies and planning. Learn more .

Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration. This report highlights grandfamilies who come together as a result of a parent's detention or deportation. The challenges they face include restricted access to support and services to help meet the children's needs, language barriers, and fear of government agencies. 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." ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

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