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 Volume 12, Issue 29
July 19, 2017
Generations United in the News
  • In her AARP blog post on creating a livable community, Shannon Guzman, policy research senior analyst with AARP's Public Policy Institute, cites our report with The Eisner Foundation. Read her piece.
  • An attendee at our 19th Global Intergenerational Conference recapped the event in the Sheboygan Press! She also cited the National Council on Aging's Aging Mastery Program, of which we're a partner. Learn more
Generations United at UN Headquarters

On August 1, Donna Butts will address the Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The event will raise awareness of the high value that young and older persons can bring to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more

Catch Generations United in San Francisco!
Are you attending the IAGG 2017 conference, July 23-27, 2017? If so, catch Donna's 6:30 a.m. session with David Sinclair (director of the International Longevity Center UK) on immunization among older adults. Learn more
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 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
We thank Rita Puente for her donation. T ogether,  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!
No Repeal Without Replacement
This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced there would not be a vote on the Better Health Care Reconciliation Act when it became clear there were not enough supporting votes to pass. The Senate is expected to act within the next week on a motion to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, a move that would cause 32 million people to lose coverage and place babies, children, youth and older adults at great risk. Contact your senators today! Tell them to "vote no on repealing without replacement." Reach your senator's through the Capitol Switchboard at 202- 224-3121.
Update on the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
In May, Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey introduced the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091) to create a federal task force and central place for information for families where grandparents and other relatives are raising children. At the end of June, Representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced a companion bill in the House (H.R. 3015). Learn more about the bill and contact your members of Congress to urge them to become a cosponsor.
Programs of Distinction
No Program Too Big or Too Small
Apply to become a Program of Distinction like Easter Seals Intergenerational Program! Read their profile. Generations United's Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs and is based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program.   The deadline to apply is August 1, 2017 Contact Emily Patrick  with any questions.
U.S. Census Data Shows Grandparents Still Work to Support Grandchildren
"Nearly 1.5 million grandparents in the labor force are responsible for most of the basic care of coresident grandchildren under age 18," according to the U.S. Census data that was released ahead of National Grandparents Day (Sept. 10). The facts are collections of statistics from the Census Bureau's demographic and economic subject areas pertaining to holidays, anniversaries, observances or topics in the news. See more grandparents facts for National Grandparents Day.
2017 Best Intergenerational Communities
Introducing Jenks Public Schools
Learn more about our national finalist, Jenks Public Schools. Their intergenerational commitment goes back to 1998, when Don Greiner, the owner and CEO of Oklahoma-based Grace Living Centers, approached the Jenks School District with an offer: to build a playground near his senior living facilities and the Early Learning Center. Children could play there. It would also be accessible to elders, who wanted to join in the fun. Read their profile.
Major News Outlet Seeks Grandfamilies Impacted by the Current Opioid Crisis
A national news outlet is planning a story on the current opioid crisis that focuses on grandparents raising grandchildren because the parents suffered from drug misuse. They are looking to talk to grandparents on camera about how their lives have changed and the challenges they face, and they would also seek to have the children appear on camera. If you're interested, or know a family that is, please email Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King.
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
Better Together
This week's cool idea is Better Together, a program in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, that unites African Americans and Jewish teens and elders on civil rights and social justice. 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
Baddiewinkle's Guide to Life
The alter-ego of 89-year-old Helen van Winkle, Baddie began with an adventurous makeover. Putting on her great granddaughter's tie-dye Grateful Dead bears t-shirt, jean shorts, and socks patterned with pink marijuana leaves, Helen posted her first photo of Baddie in April 2014, with the help of her grandkids and great-grandkids. Since then, Baddie's colorful, youthful style, controversial photos, and snaps with celebrities like Miley Cyrus have earned her the devotion of millions of Instagram fans and transformed her life. This irrepressibly charming Southern renegade demonstrates it's never too late to open and enjoy a new chapter in your life. Learn more

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.
Vaccine Memes
This meme of actress-model-producer, Olivia Wilde - who's also a director, activist and entrepreneur -  is part of  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations , an awareness-raising campaign that promotes vaccines for all ages. 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. See more memes .

Generations United is now working with the  Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology in Japan and the University of Granada in Spain to lead the work in their countries. Follow  #bandAGEofhonor and  learn more about our campaign
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Evidence2Success Grant. The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites proposals from localities interested in becoming new Evidence2Success communities. The grant i nvolves communities in assessing social problems and improving the well-being of their children. The Foundation plans to select one to three new communities that will implement the Evidence2Success framework, beginning in spring 2018. Applications are due August 4, 2017, by 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
I Need You, You Need Me: The Young, the Old, and What We Can Achieve Together. The new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation highlights national examples of pioneers reuniting the generations and making their communities better places to live. 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
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
International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018.  Learn more
"Let us take care of the children, because they have a long way to go.  Let us take care of the elders, because they have come a long way.  Let us take care of those in between, because they are doing the work." ~Nelson Mandela, in honor of yesterday's Nelson Mandela International Day

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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