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 Volume 11, Issue 18
May 4, 2016
Generations United in The Press Democrat
"Living in a multigenerational household is more about culture and unity," Beatriz Camargo told The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, CA. She and her husband share their house with three kids, her parents, two brothers, a sister and a golden retriever. The article, "Under one roof: Multi-generational families on the rise," also quotes Donna Butts on the benefits of multigenerational households. They, according to Donna, ease "the burden as more family members contribute to housing costs, allowing some to save money, for example, to buy their own house down the road." Read the full article
International Day of Families is May 12!
This year's panel of experts on "Families, healthy lives and sustainable future" will convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York on May 12, from 1:15 to 2:45. We're proud to have been a part of helping to write the background paper for the 20th anniversary. Watch the webcast live.
Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of  Jennifer Lopez  is part of our   Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations      campaign (  #BandAGEofhonor  ), which we launched   in partnership with the   Gerontological Society of America      and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from   Pfizer  Check out additional memes, share them, then learn more about our campaign
Apply Today! Be Recognized as a Program of Distinction
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2016 . Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.  Learn more
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With Help from Grandparents, City School Kids Look Forward to Getting a Playground
We're thrilled to share this story about Glenmount Elementary Middle School, where Generations United led their Grand Partners in Education pilot program. Yesterday's WBAL segment highlighted a grandparent-led fundraising effort to bring a playground to the school. Watch the video to learn more. If you're local, sign up as a volunteer to help build the playground. You can also send a donation to support the playground.
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!  You can also 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.
Registration Now Open for OMA's August Art Facilitator Training
Due to demand, Opening Minds through Art (OMA), a Generations United Programs of Distinction, added a third Facilitator Training session in August. Learn how to implement and evaluate an OMA program for people with dementia. Register today!
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Grandmothers at Work: Juggling Families and Jobs 

In this book, based primarily on 48 in-depth interviews, Madonna Harrington Meyers focuses on working grandmothers readjusting work schedules, using vacation and sick leave time, gutting retirement accounts, and postponing retirement to care for grandchildren. Some simply want to do this; others do it in part because they have more security and flexibility on the job than their daughters do at their relatively new jobs. Grandmothers at Work provides a unique perspective on a phenomenon faced by millions of women in America today. 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. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
The East County Intergenerational Garden 
This week's cool idea, the  East County Intergenerational Garden  at Cuyamaca College in California, is an intergenerational gardening program where older adults teach preschoolers how food is grown and help young people develop an appreciation for enjoying healthy eating.

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 the East County Intergenerational Garden
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

2016 Lifespan Respite Care Program: Grants to New States. The Administration for Community Living will provide up to three grants of $200,000 each for planning, establishing and expanding/enhancing Lifespan respite Care systems in the states. Letter of Intent deadline: May 17, 2016. Deadline: June 23, 2016. Learn more

Funds Available for Anti-Gang Efforts
The Comprehensive  Anti-Gang Strategies and Programs initiative of the Department of Justice supports community partnership implementing anti-gang programs, including primary and secondary prevention, gang intervention, and targeted gang enforcement.  Deadline: May 23, 2016. 

The Retirement Research Foundation Accepting Applications for Projects in Aging 
  Based in Chicago, the Retirement Research Foundation is one of the nation's first private foundations devoted exclusively to aging and retirement issues. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. Proposals for direct service and advocacy projects that have a local focus are considered from organizations based in seven states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, or Florida. 
Deadline: August 1, 2016.  

Capital Grants for Education and Healthcare in Seventeen States
The Gladys Brooks Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations located in the seventeen states.The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on libraries, educational institutions, and hospitals and clinics in the targeted states. Grant applications will be considered only for major expenditures, generally between $50,000 and $100,000. Funds are intended to be used for capital projects, including equipment and endowments. Deadline: May 31, 2016 Learn more

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

A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. This policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation outlines recommendations state and local leaders can adopt to help the more than 5 million children (many of whom live in grandfamilies) who struggle with the emotional and financial instability of having an incarcerated parent. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit. This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Creating an Age-Advantaged Community: A Toolkit for Building Intergenerational Communities that Recognize, Engage and Support All Ages.   This resource from Generations United helps communities make intentional efforts to build connections between the generations. 
Ageism in America: Reframing Its Issues and Impacts. American Society on Aging. Washington, DC. June 14, 2016. Learn more

Owning Our Movement, Maximizing Our Impact. The Institute for Educational Leadership. Pittsburgh, PA. June 20 - 22, 2016. Learn more

Better Together: Collaborating for Kids! National Foster Parent Association and National Kinship Alliance for Children. Las Vegas, NV. June 22 - 25, 2016. Learn more

In ternational Positive Aging Conference.  Society of Certified Senior Advisors.  Washington, DC. Aug. 25-27, 2016.  Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016. Learn more

Global Intergenerational Conference. 
Generations United. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017. 
Learn more
" Grandmas [biological or adopted] are moms with lots of frosting." ~Author Unknown

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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