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 Volume 15, Issue 20
May 20, 2020
Now Available! Recording from Generations United and's Latest COVID-19 Conversation 
Last week, we heard from innovative leaders in the field and engaged in group discussion about changes and adaptations intergenerational programs are making during COVID-19, and how they might permanently influence how we connect the generations. Check out the recording from that callBe sure to  follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we share examples of intergenerational responses. And keep the conversation going in the Intergenerational Connections Facebook group and the Gen2Gen Champions GroupGenerations United  continues to monitor the evolving situation presented by this crisis and its impact on intergenerational connections across the United States and the world.  You can find all of Generations United's resources on COVID-19 here .
In the News
  • Next Avenue's article on easing daily life in multigenerational households, the story that quoted our Executive Director Donna Butts, was picked up by PBS News Hour! Read it there.
Congratulations to Our Humans of Dementia Intergenerational Storytelling Contest Winners!
Generations United and our Humans of Dementia partners ( Hilarity for Charity, UsAgainstAlzheimer's, AARP, Memory Well, the National Scholastic Press Association) are thrilled to announce our contest winners! Congratulations to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place high school and college students whose entries were judged in two rounds and received the highest scores.  We are also pleased to share this year's honorable mentions. These touching, vibrant, and compassionate profiles create a beautiful mosaic of stories that gets to the heart of the dementia experience and above all, shows the love behind every human of dementia. Read the winning stories
Recording: Responding to COVID-19
The latest episode in the webinar series from the Family Focused Treatment Association - FFTA focused on strengthening Kinship Care during the ongoing crisis. The panelists included our longtime Special Advisor  Ana Beltran . Check out the recording
New Partnership Seeks to Address Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults
In light of the global pandemic,  Aging2.0  
and  The Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (LHCC)  are co-hosting a  Global Innovation Search  for solutions that help keep older adults connected to their communities, families, healthcare providers and vital information.  The initiative will provide an opportunity for innovators around the world to showcase their product or service and compete for international exposure. Learn more .
Culture United
This Netflix original, which bears the same name as
Michelle Obama's memoir, follows the former first lady on tour and documents her discussions with students around the country. The documentary includes insights and advice to future generations. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions?  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
The Intergenerational Museum
It was once remarked that today's culture shows a "waning appreciation of the intellectual, practical, and...spiritual benefits of aging." How can museums fix this? An Fellow with the American Alliance of Museums offered this suggestion: have older museum professionals mentor younger staff who could benefit from their perspective and experiences.  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.
Webinar: Supporting Grandfamilies in a Pandemic
Join  Generations United and the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging  on Thurs., May 21, at 2 PM ET , for a conversation on how the Aging Network can best support older adults raising grandchildren or other young relatives during this tumultuous time. In this COVID-19 era, sharing of emerging practices is critical, and we hope to capture local responses during the webinar. Register today
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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
Our Town Grant. This Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Cost share/matching grants range from $25,000 to $150,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount. Deadline for Part 1: Aug. 6, 2020. Learn more.

Internet Access Support for Students in 50 Cities. Mobile Beacon's Connect for Success Student Access Donation Program was created to offer schools in 50 cities across the United States the laptops and mobile Internet access they need to help students struggling to keep up.  Deadline: Ongoing.  Learn more and apply today.  

Grassroots Community Organizing in the Midwest Supported. The Needmor Fund's Core Grants program focuses on supporting grassroots community organizing in the Midwest. Support is provided to grassroots, membership-based community organizations that are democratically led, engaged in direct action campaigns, and committed to leadership development. Deadline: June 30, 2020. Learn more.

Request for Proposals. RRF Foundation for Aging is accepting proposal applications for its next grant cycle. RRF recently completed a strategic planning process that sharpened their commitment and focused its grant making on four priority areas: Caregiving, Economic Security in Later Life, Housing and Social and Intergenerational Connectedness. LOI Deadline: June 15, 2020. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
Intergenerational Programs and Physical Distancing. This guide by Generations United includes ideas and solutions on how intergenerational professionals can adapt programs and activities and create new intergenerational connections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

COVID-19 Fact Sheets in English and Spanish. These fact sheets from Generations United provide information for grandfamilies to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.

The Best of Both Worlds: A Closer Look at Creating Spaces that Connect Young and Old.   This report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation includes actionable ways to boost the number of intergenerational shared sites around the country.  Learn more .

New Interactive Toolkit: Connecting Generations in Senior Housing. This toolkit, developed by Generations United and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston with funding from RRF Foundation for Aging, is now a website with downloadable resources. It was designed specifically to help senior housing organizations plan and implement high-quality intergenerational programs that will benefit residents and young people in their communities. Visit the site.

A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies.   This sixth edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report detailed the housing challenges these families face and highlighted innovative programs that offer potential for nationwide expansion. Learn more.
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"If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life." ~Margaret Mead

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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