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 Volume 10, Issue 33
August 19, 2015
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Do Something Grand for Grandparents Day!
Are you planning an event or activity for Grandparents Day? Let us know so we can highlight your creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the celebrations begin! Get ideas from our Take Action Guide. You can help us spread the word by  checking out our social media toolkit for sample tweets, Facebook posts and newsletter items to share through your networks.
Generations United Shout Out
It's World Humanitarian Day,  an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. An example of that inspiring spirit is HelpAge USA's "Intergenerational Healthy Aging," a project being implemented in Kibaha, Tanzania, promoting active and healthy aging across the life course. They conducted a survey to help improve outreach efforts across age groups. Learn more
Registration for GIA's Annual Conference Now Open!
Check out the program brochure and start planning your travel for Grant Makers in Aging's Annual Conference, Oct. 28-30, 2015, Washington, D.C.  This year's theme is, Soaring Into the Future: Seeking New Horizons in Aging and Philanthropy. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United welcomes our new member, Heart to Heart Family Support Center Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you.  You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships
The  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships is the forum for scholars, practitioners, policy makers, educators, and advocates to stay abreast of the latest intergenerational research, practice methods and policy initiatives.  Generations United's friends receive a discount on subscriptions! This is the only journal focusing on the intergenerational field integrating practical, theoretical, empirical, familial, and policy perspectives. Learn more
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#TakeAGrandie for Generations United's Grandie Contest!
What's a grandie? An intergenerational selfie, course! We're looking for the best ones to highlight through our social media and Generations This Week. We will also announce the winner and special prize the week after Grandparents Day. Why not #TakeAGrandie during a family vacation with someone of a different generation and let us know by using the hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  Learn more
Culture United
Raising Our Children's Children
Based on her personal experience raising a grandchild, Deborah Doucette's Raising Our Children's Children examines the myriad factors involved in kinship care, specifically when grandparents begin to raise their grandchildren. Filled with true stories from people who have raised their children's children, and including advice from Dr. Jeffrey R. LaCure throughout, this family-focused book looks at this fairly common relationship from all sides. Now in its second edition, Raising Our Children's Children has been updated to include recent social developments, such as the trend toward multigenerational family living where children, their parents, and their grandparents all live under one roof. 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. Disclaimer:  Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.
Learn More About Our Google Doodle Campaign     
Join our campaign to get Grandparents Day 2015 on Google Doodle! To learn what Google Doodles are and how you can request them,  check out our Google Doodle campaign page
Cool Ideas
Manor of the Plains
This week's cool idea is Manor of the Plains, an adult living facility based in Kansas where residents volunteer to be matched with a student from an immigrant family, and the group meets monthly throughout the school year. 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 . Learn more about Manor of the Plains
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?
Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see:  Betty White's Off Their Rockers .) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Read the submission guidelines, then let us know  if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Tom's of Maine's 50 States for Good. This grant supports grassroots organizations throughout the country working to do good in their communities. In 2015, the program will provide grants of $20,000 each to a grassroots nonprofit organization in every state and DC. Deadline: August 26, 2015. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at
Great Resources  
Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment, and Psychotropic Medications
This guide, a companion to the previously released Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care, contains helpful information for caregivers and caseworkers, including a message from youth, understanding trauma and different treatments, seeking help for youth, and monitoring treatment and supporting progress. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
Celebrate the Power of Experience.  Senior Corps.  Reston, VA. Sept. 9-12, 2015. Learn more

Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

Tribal Customary Adoption: Making Relatives, Supporting Families. National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA). Portland, OR. Sept. 22-23, 2015. Learn more

2015 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC.  October 28-30, 2015.  Learn more  
LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more 
LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Nov. 1-4, 2015. Learn more

International Youth Earth Summit. Montessori Model United Nations. New York, NY. Nov. 11-14, 2015. Learn more
" Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." ~Soren Kierkegaard

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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