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 Volume 12, Issue 36
September 6, 2017
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Great Ready for Grandparents Day 2017 - Sept. 10!
Every day can be Grandparents Day. The official commemorative day is the Sunday after Labor Day! This week, we launched a social media awareness-raising campaign, which you can take part in by  following #DoSomethingGrand, #GrandparentsDay and #TakeAGrandie on Twitter and Facebook.  You can also  visit for ideas and resources to help you Do Something Grand. 
Generations United in the News
  • In her Huffington Post piece, Donna Butts offered an "Intergenerational Response to Hurricane Harvey," which included ways to support people impacted by the hurricane. Learn more
Deadline to Register is This Friday (Sept. 8)!
You don't want to miss 2017 State of Grandfamilies report release event.  Generations United will release our new 2017 State of Grandfamilies report, which  will focus on the critical role of grandparents and other relatives in providing safe, nurturing and stable homes for children who have experienced trauma. We will also honor  Senator Susan Collins  and 
Senator  Bob  Casey  with our Grandfamilies Champion Awards. Mark your calendar for Sept. 13th  at 5 p.m., in the Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room G-11).  Register today
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 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 !
Request for Grandparent Caregivers' Stories
Child Care Aware of America, the nation's leading voice for child care, would like to highlight a grandparent who regularly provides child care for their grandchild(ren) for one of their publications. If you would like to share your story, please contact them.
#BandAGEofHonor Campaign
This meme of Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, 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 expanding its international campaign as we continue working with teams led by the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute on Gerontology (TMIG) in Japan and the University of Granada - Business Sector Foundation in Spain. Follow   #bandAGEofhonor and   learn more about our campaign
Grandparents Day Stories
In honor of Grandparents Day (Sept. 10th), Generations United is collecting stories to consider featuring on our Together Blog. Share your story about a memorable moment with a grandparent or grandfriend. See our submission guidelines
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 
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
This week's cool idea is GoodGym, a UK-based intergenerational program that engages runners in getting fit while visiting older adults at home and helping them with projects around the house. 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
Among the Living and the Dead
In her memoir, Among the Living and the Dead, Inara Verzemnieks shares the story of her grandmother, Livija, a World War II refugee. Five years after Livija died, Verzemnieks, whose grandmother raised her, visited the village in the Latvian countryside where her Livija was born. All through Verzemnieks's childhood, Livija's stories framed a lost, prewar, rural Latvian world. On her trip to Livija's home, Verzemnieks set out to experience, as Rebecca West put it, "what history meant in flesh and blood." 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.
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Disney Be Inspired Grant. Disney is awarding $500 to kids implementing service projects in the fall in partnership with nonprofit organizations. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Grandparents: Sharing the Care. ZERO TO THREE. This webinar - open to parents, providers and grandparents - will discuss ways that grandparents can work with their adult children to share the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren. Thurs., Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. EST. Learn more

Research and Resources
Intergenerational Relations in an Ageing World. This publication includes the texts of all the presentations and speeches - including Donna's - from "Intergenerational Relations in an Ageing World," which was organized during the last Commission on Population and Development. The publication also includes Donna's closing paper. Learn more

Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People and the Opioid Crisis. This new report from Grantmakers in Aging focuses attention on the opioid epidemic's damage to rural communities, particularly the lives of older people, and describing providing program, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses for governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies. Learn more

Generations United and NANASP's Placemat Campaign. These placemats from Generations United and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP) are designed to get older adults and youth talking about the value of vaccines together. 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
2017 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event.  Generations United. Washington, DC. Sept. 13, 2017. 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

ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference. ZERO TO THREE. San Diego, CA. Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 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
News Story
The Kokomo Tribune profiled the Slonoakers, a grandfamily brought together as a result of the opioid epidemic. The article covers the challenges and joys grandfamilies face. It also references the book, The Summer of Paintless Toenails, which details another grandparent caregivers experience raising a grandson. Read the article.
"It's great to have a legacy, but having grandchildren provides a continuity that is unparalleled in the universe. ...Having the opportunity to convey wisdom to grandchildren is a privilege." ~Dr. Sylvia Earle (check out our meme of her, which is part of our #DoSomethingGrand for Grandparents Day)

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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