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 Volume 12, Issue 35
August 30, 2017
Senators Collins and Casey to Receive Generations United's Grandfamilies Champion Award!
We're thrilled to announce that  Senator Susan Collins  and  Senator Bob Casey  will accept the award during our  2017 State of Grandfamilies  Report release event  on  Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room G-11).   The report  will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma. Register today!
Help Grandfamilies Affected by Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey has devastated so many communities and families including grandfamilies. The Gulf Coast Grandparents As Parents Program serves grandfamilies near Houston. They told us the homes of many families they served are under water. Please consider making a contribution to help grandfamilies.  Donations to help can be made by check to Gulf Coast GAP and mailed to Gulf Coast GAP, C/O First United Methodist Church, 219 North Arcola St., Angleton, TX 77515. Learn more about the program.
Generations United in the News
  • Our Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign is highlighted in a new issue of the European Map of Intergenerational Learning's newsletter. Learn more
New Publication on Intergenerational Relations
This publication includes the texts of all the presentations and speeches - including  Donna 's - from "Intergenerational  Relations in an Ageing World," which was organized during the last Commission on Population and Development. The publication also includes Donna's closing paper. Learn more
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters 
We thank our renewing member, Jewish Council for the Aging, and our new member, Between the Lines for their contributions.  Together, we are building  a world that values all generations! You can contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  If you're an organization,  join us !
Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People and the Opioid Crisis
This new report from Grantmakers in Aging focuses attention on the opioid epidemic's damage to rural communities, particularly the lives of older people, and describing providing program, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses for governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies. The report also lists Generations United's opioid report as an additional resource. Learn more
Request for Grandparent Caregivers' Stories
Child Care Aware of America, the nation's leading voice for child care, would like to highlight a grandparent who regularly provides child care for their grandchild(ren) for one of their publications. If you would like to share your story, please contact them.
#BandAGEofHonor Campaign
This placemat from Generations United and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) is part of  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations, an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. The placemat is desined to get older adults and youth talking about the value of vaccines together.  In the United States, the campaign started in partnerships between Generations United, the Gerontological Society of America and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from Pfizer.  Download your printable placemat  and use it at a senior center, with home-delivered meals or at the dinner table with a grandparent or grandchild.

Generations United is expanding its international Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations campaign as we continue working with teams led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Grandparents Day Stories
In honor of Grandparents Day (Sept. 10th), Generations United is collecting stories to consider featuring on our Together Blog. Share your story about a memorable moment with a grandparent or grandfriend. See our submission guidelines
Call for Papers - GrandFamilies Journal 
The editors of  GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy invite authors to submit manuscripts that examine new or emerging practice methodologies, program evaluation and policy perspectives related to grandparent-headed families.  Learn more 
Conference Request for Partners 
Bring the Intergenerational Field to Your Backyard
Generations United is looking for potential partner(s) to co-convene the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference in 2019. Letters of Interest should be submitted by Fri., September 15, 2017. Learn more
Cool Ideas
This week's cool idea is the Backswing, a youth employment program for people ages 15-24, who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Youth gain work skills by developing and delivering community advocacy campaigns on issues related to residents. Youth have been working with older community members to find out what they have in common, and plan activities and event both generations can enjoy. 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
What Happened to Monday
This Netflix original is set in a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic "One Child Policy." Seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace). Taught by their grandfather (Willem Dafoe) who raised and named them each of them days of the week, the girls can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. Watch the trailer
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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Be Inspired Grant. Disney is awarding $500 to kids implementing service projects in the fall in partnership with nonprofit organizations. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Grandparents: Sharing the Care. ZERO TO THREE. This webinar - open to parents, providers and grandparents - will discuss ways that grandparents can work with their adult children to share the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren. Thurs., Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. EST. Learn more

Research and Resources
Generations United and NANASP's Placemat Campaign. These placemats from Generations United and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) are designed to get older adults and youth talking about the value of vaccines together. Learn more
2017 GrandFacts Sheets. This resource from Generations United and our national advocacy partners is an important starting place for grandparents and other relatives raising children. The GrandFacts Sheets provide state-specific information on local program resources, benefits and data for grandfamilies. Learn more
2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 2017. Learn more

Take Off with Respite! 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference. ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Huntsville, AL. Oct. 11-13, 2017. Learn more
2017 Young Adult Services Symposium. Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).   Louisville, KY. Nov. 3 -5, 2017.  Learn more

ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference. ZERO TO THREE. San Diego, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2017. Learn more
International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother  would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who  are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,' I remember my mother' s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are  still so many helpers -so many caring people in this world." ~ Fred Rogers

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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