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 Volume 11, Issue 34
Aug. 24, 2016
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In her article, "Bye-Bye, Empty Nests: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise,"  Clare Trapasso looked at various factors behind an increasing number of adults living with their parents. The article also quoted Donna Butts , who said: "It shouldn't be a taboo or looked down upon if grown children are living with their families or older adults are living with their grown children." Read the full article
Thank You, DOROT!
Last week, we visited our friends, DOROT, in New York City! It was a great opportunity to see their space and for us to learn from each other. Our Board member, Marvin Waldman, joined us on our visit. Afterwards, our former Board member Mary Ann Casey hosted us at her home for a happy hour! Check out our photo album
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Dresses for Grandfamilies
During our New York City trip, our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Peterson Lent and our Board member Marvin Waldman met with Madeline Gardner (right), designer of Morilee by Madeline Gardner. We're happy to announce that her company will donate  75 wedding and cotillion dresses to young women being raised by their grandparents and their grandmothers. 

News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • Bridges Together is encouraging communities throughout Massachusetts to create their own events to unite generations for intergenerational awareness month. Learn more
  • Intergeneration Month is accepting intergenerational stories for their 2016 Storytelling Contest. Deadline: Sept. 20, 2016. Learn 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 .
Register Today for Generations United's State of Grandfamilies Report Release on Capitol Hill!
Join Generations United on Sept. 13, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. We're celebrating the release of our new report, 2016 State of Grandfamilies: Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic We're thrilled to have award-winning and nationally-syndicated  Washington Post  Columnist Michelle Singletary  emcee the event. The new report 
explores the impact of the opioid epidemic on grandfamilies and ways we can help support these families.  We will also honor the 2016 Grandfamilies Champion for lifelong achievement on behalf of the families. Register today!
Congratulations, Opening Minds through Art!
Opening Minds through Art, a Generations United Program of Distinction, was awarded a grant from the Ohio Department of Medicaid to implements its award-winning intergenerational art program for people with dementia. Learn more
Call for Proposals Now Open for Generations Remixed - Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016!
The 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference will showcase the best of intergenerational research, policy and programming. Proposals should fall into one of the focus areas like  Technology Linking GenerationsGrandfamilies  Health & Wellness .   Learn more, then submit a proposal to present

Show Your Support for Grandfamilies
The Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R. 5456) would provide prevention services to grandfamilies and help address barriers to licensing them. The bill passed the House in June, but is still pending in the Senate. Show your support by signing your organization onto the sign on letter supporting the bill  AND calling your senators to ask them to "Pass the Family First Prevention Services Act (H.R.5456)." Use the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your senators. 
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook,  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 
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!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.
Culture United
All The Difference
The documentary - from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tod Lending , J oy Thomas Moore and Wes Moore, who serves on our National Center on Grandfamilies Advisory Council  - follows the stories of Robert Henderson and Krishaun Branch as they fight to survive in the Englewood section on the South Side of Chicago. It shows the ups and downs of each young man's education, as well as the powerful impact of one grandmother's support. 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
This week's Cool Idea is the Dobbs Ferry, NY-based Connections, a program started by Paul Muratore, a recent retiree. Connections pairs volunteer mentors with Children's Village teens to help them transition into the real world through college, employment, the military or vocational training. 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

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  
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
"I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things." ~Mother Teresa, whose birthday is Friday. She would've been 106!

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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