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 Volume 11, Issue 45
November 9, 2016
Generations United's Post Election Statement
Following an election that found the country deeply divided, it's important to remember Pope  John XXIII's quote: "What unites us, is much greater than what divides us." A Generations United survey on demographic changes found that  Americans have confidence in their own communities. I ntergenerational connections are the starting place for  efforts to unite the diverse experiences and perspectives found in our nation . That core value also drives all of us at  Generations United to continue arguing for a caring society. 
Generations United in the News
  • PBS NewsHour ran a piece that ran in Stateline. The article, which quoted Jaia Peterson Lent and cited our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report, was on the rising number of grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of the opioid epidemic. Read the article.
  • In his article for Arizona's Today's News-Herald, David Louis highlighted the growing number of grandparents raising grandchildren. The article also quoted Jaia Peterson Lent. Read the article
Celebrate the Launch of Generation to Generation
Generations United is thrilled to work with Generation to Generation, a new five-year campaign powered by our friends at to mobilize 1 million people over 50 to stand up for kids and, in turn, show what's possible when people across generations work together. Come out Thurs., Nov. 16, for the launch celebration! Learn more
Congrats to Derenda Schubert on being a "Light A Fire Award" Winner!
Derenda Schubert, Ph.D, executive director of Bridge Meadows (a Generations United Program of Distinction), was named a "Light A Fire: Extraordinary Executive Director." Portland Monthly's Light a Fire Awards, presented by Bank of America, honors the nonprofit organizations and individuals whose extraordinary acts of service embody the Portland spirit of giving to make the region more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable. Read the profile on Derenda and Bridge Meadows
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members! 
  • ZERO TO THREE's Executive Director Matthew Melmed, Generations United's Board chair, called for mental health reform for all children in his Washington Post Letter to the Editor. Read it.
I f 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 .
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A Dance for Life Highlights
Generations United's partnership with A Second Chance, Inc. and Madeline Gardner, designer at MORILEE, made this past Saturday's cotillion possible. MORILEE donated dresses to twenty-seven young ladies in or affiliated with the foster care system, many of them raised by their grandparents. Check out the highlights
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions.  You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Together, we are building a world that values all generations!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.  If you're an organization, Join us!
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of Roald Dahl - whose books include MatildaCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG -  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
Culture United
Tell Me a Riddle
Aging couple David and Eva have lost the spark that once infused their marriage. After nearly four decades together, the duo feels disconnected and lost. After Eva is diagnosed with cancer, they travel across the country and end up staying with their granddaughter, Jeannie, in San Francisco. During the trip, and with Eva's possible death looming, the couple rediscovers the passion and love missing from their lives.

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
Fit & Five
This week's cool idea is the Five & Fit program in California, which is based on a model from Temple University, older adults (age 55+) guide young pre-schoolers (ages 2 - 5) and their families toward improved nutrition and enhanced physical activity. 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
2017 Youth Garden Grants. KidsGardening is offering $750 in supplies to 20 winners - school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2016. Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation awards grants for advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance. 
Proposals are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States. RRF has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  

Caregiving Youth: a community-based framework for identifying and supporting a hidden population. Family Voices of California. This webinar will bring together experts from the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to discuss how to best identify and serve this population. Weds., Nov. 16 at 3pm EST. Learn more


Research & Resources  
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

Generations United: Because We're Stronger Together.  Generations United 's animated video about the value of intergenerational communities serves as a companion piece to the infographic in our Creating an Age-Advantaged Community Toolkit . The video is an engaging tool for educating and inspiring communities to embrace and invest in intergenerational solutions. Watch the video
Call for Proposals for 2017 CWLA National Conference. Child Welfare League of America. Washington, DC. Proposal deadline: Nov. 30, 2016.  Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  

Registration Now Open! International Federation on Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing. International Federation on Ageing.  Toronto, ON, Canada. Aug. 8-10, 2018. Learn more
"Wherever there are beginners and experts, old and young, there is some kind of learning going on, some kind of teaching. We are all pupils and we are all teachers." ~Gilbert Highet

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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