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 Volume 11, Issue 22
June 1, 2016
Generations United in The Washington Post
In her Letter to the Editor, " One reason millennials are living with mom and dad longer,"  Donna Butts  put the growing number of millennials moving back home with their parents in the context of our changing demographics. "People are living longer. We've added decades to life expectancy since 1900, and we're redefining "old age" and life after retirement," Donna writes. "As life spans increase, the roles we play across the ages elongate." Read the letter.
Generations United on Boomer Generation Radio                
Last week, Rabbi Richard Address and  Donna Butts discussed the potential unleashed when all ages come together. Listen to the recording.
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

Global Intergenerational Conference, Jun 13-16, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI

Plans are underway for this one-of-a-kind international conference. We are excited to introduce the Conference Leadership Team that's made up of Ellen Schmeding (San Diego County), Larry Cooper (The Children's Home Inc.), Derenda Schubert (Bridge Meadows), Shannon Jarrott (Ohio State University), Stephanie Sue Stein (Milwaukee County) and Robin Tillotson (Chicago Department of Family & Support Services). Learn more

Generations United Shout Out!
  • Congratulations to IAHSA Board Member and Ibasho Founder, Emi Kiyota, who was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. As a 2017 fellow, she will explore and expand on her current work in creating communities that value elders. Learn more
  • Happy 5th Anniversary to our member, Sweet Readers!
  • Happy 40th Anniversary to DOROT! Their Youth Development Programs is a Generations United Program of Distinction.
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of past Generations United Board Chair Larry Minnix, former president and CEO of LeadingAge,  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
New Issue Release - GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy
The editors and editorial board of GrandFamilies proudly release Vol.3, Issue 1 for 2016. The current issue includes subjects on the adequacy of formal service systems to meet the needs of custodial grandparents, descriptions of grandparent caregiving in rural localities, and the legal obstacles endured by grandparents while raising their grandchildren. Read the full issue
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.
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 


Our friends at Bridges Together used the movie, "UP,"  for their newest "Recipe for Intergenerational Success". Learn more

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.

Call for Multigenerational Families in New York Tri-State Area
A New York-based casting agency is looking for a three-generation household to share their story on camera for a major client's #HowWeFamily campaign.

Contact Casting Associate Leah Mara if you have questions. See the full casting call.

Cul ture United
Death Is Stupid by Anastasia Higginbotham
In this exploration of grief and mourning, Anastasia Higginbotham's brings readers face to face with the anger, confusion, and fear felt about death.  Death Is Stupid  is an invaluable tool that makes the case for kids teaching adults how to work through grief and death in better ways. The book also shows the possibilities for celebrating life and love. 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
Northland Foundation's AGE to age
Launched in fall 2008,  Northland Foundation's AGE to age , a Generations United Program of Distinction,  enables elders, adults, and youth to explore how their generations are both alike and different. The program is designed to strengthen relationships among all ages and offer older adults and young people with opportunities and resources to work together to benefit their communities. 

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

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

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.  

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

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


Global Intergenerational Conference. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more
"You must always have old memories and young hopes. ~
Arsene Houssaye

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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