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 Volume 11, Issue 36
Sept. 7, 2016
Generations United in the News
  • In her article for GRAND Magazine, Donna Butts highlighted Simone Biles's family as an example of the challenges and triumphs of grandfamilies. Read the article
  • In her article for The Hechinger ReportTara Garcia Mathewson looked at national programs offering help to grandparents raising grandchildren affected by the opioid crisis. The article quoted our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and cites our 2015 State of Grandfamilies Report! Read the story.
  • In their article for The Chronicle of Social Change, Donna and Jaia want to push the Family First Prevention Services Act up the hill, not roll back to the starting line. Learn more
Grandparents Day - Sept. 11th!
This year, we're raising awareness of Grandparents Day by honoring the valuable roles our grandparents and other older adults play in the lives of young people. We're also remembering the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. For both commemorations, we highlight various ways young and old can Do Something Grand together. Visit for ideas and activities. You can also follow #DoSomethingGrand.
Senator Hatch to Receive Grandfamilies Champion Award!
We're thrilled to announce that Senator Orrin Hatch will receive Generations United's Grandfamilies Champion Award. He will accept the award during the release of our our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report, Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Supports for Grandfamilies, on Sept. 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The event will be emceed by  award-winning, nationally-s yndicated 
Washington Post  c olumnist  Michelle Singletary Register today!
Broad Support Across the Country for the Family First Prevention Services Act! 
More than 400 organizations showed their support for the Family First Prevention Services Act in a letter sent to Senate Leadership on Tuesday ( read the letter). Supporting organizations include Generations United and state and local organizations serving grandfamilies across the country. Learn more about the act.
#DoSomethingGrand and Submit a Grandie for our #TakeAGrandie Contest!
What's a Grandie? It's a n intergenerational selfie. Why not take one for Grandparents Day? #TakeAGrandie with someone from another generation and let us know by using the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure to tag us. Not on social media? You can upload and email your Grandies to us through our online form. Learn more and submit today!
Do Something Grand and Save Big on Conference Registration!
In celebration of Grandparents Day and Intergeneration Month, we are offering conference attendees a special $25 discount on registration for Generations Remixed, the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference 
throughout the month of September! Take advantage of these special savings, and use promo code GRAND25 at checkout to receive your $25 discount on registration. Learn more and  submit your proposal to present by Sept. 30th  

News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • Pass It Down says there are three reasons to record your stories for Grandparents Day. Learn why
  • Intergeneration Month is accepting intergenerational stories for their 2016 Storytelling Contest. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016Learn more about rules and prizes. 
If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of President Obama  is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer .   Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow  #bandAGEofhonor   and  learn more about our campaign
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank our new member, Pine Harbour Assisted Living, for their contribution. 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. 
Culture United
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
In honor of Grandparents Day and 9/11 Day, we highlight this film about n ine-year-old Oskar Schell, whose father died in the   terrorist attacks   on the   World Trade Center   on   Sept. 11, 2001 . Since his fathers' death, Oskar struggles with   insomnia , panic attacks, and depression - that is until one day, when he finds a small envelope with a key inside a vase he accidentally broke. On the envelope the word "Black" is written, which sets Oscar on a mission to contact every person in New York City with the last name Black in the hope of finding the lock that belongs to the key his father left behind. Towards the end of his journey Oskar meets an old man he calls "the renter" because until the point of meeting, Oskar had only heard of the old man's existence from his Grandmother who referred to him as the new tenant in her apartment. Oskar's journey of discovery takes him beyond his loss and leads to a greater understanding of the world.
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
Giving Tree Intergenerational Preschool Program
This week's cool idea is the Giving Tree Intergenerational Preschool Program. Classes of 4- and 5-year-olds join residents of the Arbor Terrace assisted living facilitity for weekly sessions of singing, playing instruments and generally getting to know one another. 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
Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program. The Foundation's Grant Program provides a variety of support - Preservation Implementation grants ($20,000); Assistance, Assessment and Consultation grants ($5,000) and the Scientific Research Projects grants ($20,000) - to organizations and individuals that either advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas or are conducting research the impact of music on the human condition. Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Bridges Program Curricula Suite Informational webinar.  Bridges Together is offering their award-winning Bridges Program Curricula Suite to MA-based communities, thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Bridges Together is offering two webinars about their funding opportunity and info on how to apply. Mon., Sept. 12,  at 3pm EST and Thurs., Oct. 6, at 12pm EST. Learn more

Research & Resources  
Is there a better alternative to marriage? This article by the International Federation for Family Development looks at trends in family formation that are shaping the United States. It looks at reasons why some people delaying marriage and parenthood. Learn more

Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being (Older Americans 2016).  This chartbook, prepared by the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics (Forum), provides a comprehensive, easy-to-understand picture of the older population. Indicators are categorized into six broad groups: Population, Economics, Health Status, Health Risks and Behaviors, Health Care, and Environment.  It's available for order.

How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. Learn more

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide. This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around  vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
2016 State of Grandfamilies Report Release.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 2016. Learn more

Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference.  ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 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

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  
  • Proposals for presentation due Sept. 30th.
"I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much." ~Bob Newhart, who turned 87 on Mon., Sept. 5!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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