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Generations United in The New York Times
Are You a #FearlessElder?
Registration's Now Open for 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Event!
2015 Programs of Distinction Re-Designees Named
See You in Hawai'i!
Introducing...Carlisle, MA!
Seniors4Kids Video Makes the Case for Quality Early Education
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
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Generations United Shout-Outs
Register for AGHE's Conference by this Friday to Save up to $130!
Looking for Multigenerational Families to Cast in New Cable Series!
Derek - Culture United
GrandMentor - Cool Ideas
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 Volume 10, Issue 2
January 14, 2015
Generations United in The New York Times 
In a letter to The New York Times editor, Donna Butts explains the important role of older adults. "We need to change age-segregated institutions and policies in order to nurture each generation and our interdependence," Donna writes. "Who better to lead this battle than our elders?" 
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Are You a #FearlessElder?
Following up on Donna's challenge in The New York Times letter, we are launching #fearlesselder for Martin Luther King Day! 
According to Nelson Mandela, fearless elders support "courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair."
Are you a #fearlesselder or know someone who is? Tweet at our hash tag about what you or someone else is doing to be a #fearlesselder. We'll possibly profile and share that fearless elder's story. 

Registration's Now Open for 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Event!

Join us Feb. 11 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. when we honor four terrific communities. We're excited to have our strategic advisor 
Juan Williams, journalist and FOX News correspondent, and Dennis White, CEO and president of MetLife Foundation, on hand to help us honor the communities that are exceptional at serving and engaging all generations: Carlisle, Massachusetts; Greater Richmond Region, Virginia; Greater Plymouth Area, Wisconsin; and our national finalist, City of Surprise, Arizona. This is an opportunity to learn about innovative intergenerational programspolicies and practices. Register todayand then share the information with your networks. 
2015 Programs of Distinction Named
The Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. benchmark for intergenerational programs, in terms of their effectiveness. All Program of Distinction designations are valid for three years. The following programs have been re-designated for another three years: VISIONS Intergenerational Program at VISIONS/Service for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Time Out Respite Program at the The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, Neighbors Growing Together at Virginia Tech University, CATCH Healthy Habits at OASIS, JCA Heyman Interages Center, AGE to age: bringing generations together at Northland Foundation, DOROT's Youth Volunteer Programs at DOROT, The Great Friendship Link at Sunshine Care Assisted Living Homes and Together Transforming the Experience of Aging at Kendal at OberlinLearn more. The next few weeks, stay tuned to learn more about each program.
See You in Hawai'i!
Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale has a great line up of sessions on the intergenerational aspects of Hawaiian culture. Join us July 21-24 in Honolulu, Hawai'i to learn through pre-conference/site visits, inspiring keynotes, motivating educational sessions, culture-based and environmental action projects and more. Register by Feb. 15 to take advantage of the advanced rates.  Learn more
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Introducing...Carlisle, MA!

We announced our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities Award winners and national finalist last week. Now, it's time to introduce them. Starting today, this four-part series will continue through the weeks leading up to our awards event on Feb. 11. First up is Carlisle, MA. 


This town of more than 5,400 don't just talk the intergenerational talk; they walk the walk. Without a senior center, the Council on Aging holds its monthly lunches at town churches or the town hall, where all ages are welcomed. And, without a rec center or town swimming pool, families have offered their private swimming pools for lessons conducted through the Recreation Department. Look out for our 2015 Best Intergenerational Communities publication to learn more. Stay tuned for next week, when we introduce Greater Richmond Region, VA

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Seniors4Kids Video Makes the Case for Quality Early Education

During an interview, Edith Appel, director of ChildSpace - Mt. Airy, tells our National Program Coordinator, Yvonne T. Friend, that it cost parents $1,000 per month to send their children to an NAEYC-accredited childhood center. Appel is among those featured in the new Seniors4Kids video that follows up on our challenge to older adults: Are you fearless enough to be an elder? Appel and others stress of important all children having access to quality early education. Watch the 5-minute clip

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters. Merci. Danke. Arigato. Asante. Gracias. Thank you. You can also honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift. Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society.
ICAA's Call for Educational Presentations
International Council on Active Aging is seeking knowledgeable, dynamic presenters and facilitators for the ICAA Conference 2015, which brings together active-aging professionals who are united in their mission to support quality of life among older adults. Learn more

Generations United Shout-Outs

Register this Friday to Save Up to $130!

Early registration is going until Fri., Jan. 16! The pre-conference institutes and networking opportunities are a few offerings from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education's 41st Annual Meeting and Education Leadership. The content-rich lineup of sessions and events will help increase your professional effectiveness. Join AGHE Feb. 26 - March 1 in Nashville, TN, to gain skills, network and collaborate with colleagues, and come away with the most up-to-date information in gerontology and geriatrics education. Learn more

Looking for Multigenerational Families to Cast in New Cable Series! 

A production company is looking for charismatic and energetic families with at least three generations living in the same house. The cable series will show how the nuclear family no longer defines just one family type. If you know of multigenerational families that are interested, please pass along their name and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King

Culture United


This bittersweet comedy drama is about a group of outsiders living on society's margins. Derek is a loyal nursing home caretaker who sees only the good in his quirky co-workers. He's 49 years old and loves animals, Rolf Harris, Jesus, 'Deal or No Deal', 'Million Pound Drop' and 'Britain's Got Talent' - but his main hobby is autograph hunting. Some episodes feature young volunteers entering the home with stereotypes of older people and leaving transformed by the experience. Warning: Adult content.


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. Disclaimer: Inclusion in this section is not an endorsement from Generations United. Rather, it is a way of showing the multiplying impact when the arts and pop culture are age-advantaged.

GrandMentor - Cool Ideas
In the latest of series, we feature GrandMentor, an online program that uses Skype. Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. 
You can also post them to our 
Facebook Group or just text us through the Facebook Messenger app (friend me to join our Cool Ideas group discussion). We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter! Share the inspiration. Learn more about GrandMentor.
Funding Opportunities

Imagine Your Parks. Through a new grant initiative, in celebration of the NEA's 50th anniversary and the National Park Service's centennial in 2016, the NEA and the National Park Service will provide an anticipated $1 million in funding through the NEA Art Works grant category to projects that use the arts to connect people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System. Deadline: February 19, 2015. Learn more


Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants. Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Deadline: midnight on Jan. 15, 2015. Learn more


Generations United encourages you to submit intergenerational projects. If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to Alan King at

Great Resources

Improving Child Well-Being: Strengthening Collaboration Between the Child Welfare and Health Care Systems

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) released a brief, authored by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's PolicyLab & Safe Place, which explores collaborations-old and new-between child welfare and medical providers. Learn more 



Guide to Tech Services & Products: Making the Best Match for Your Family's Needs. If you're not a tech wiz, how do you find and evaluate the new digital products that are available right now? In this second of two webinars, Family Caregiver Alliance will offer useful tips and checklists to guide your decision-making. Jan. 21, 3pm-4:30pm. Learn more


Under One Roof and Connecting Generations 
These Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Under One Roof is $4.50 and Connecting Generations is $5.50. Order your copies today!

47th Annual Senior Leadership Conference. Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. Clearwater Beach, FL. Feb. 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


2015 National Conference on Bullying. School Safety Advocacy Council, Florida Association of School Administrators and the Florida Association of School Resource Officers. Orlando, FL. Feb. 24-27, 2015. Learn more


Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. Chicago, IL. March 23-27, 2015. Learn more 


Ready by 21 National Meeting. The Forum for Youth Investment. New Orleans, LA. March 31 - April 2, 2015. Learn more 


More Powerful Together: The 26th Annual National Service-Learning Conference. National Youth Leadership Council. Washington, DC. April 9-11, 2015. Learn more 


Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale. Generations United, Seagull Schools, International Consortium of Intergenerational Programmes (ICIP), UNA-Hawaii and JANCA. Honolulu, HI. July 21-24, 2015. Learn more 


2015 Joint International Conference: Global Communities Coming Together. Aged and Community Services Australia and IAHSA. Perth, Australia. August 31 - September 4, 2015. Learn more


"The young need to learn that aging is a continuum on the human journey, not a stop-and-go trip between discrete points that creates different types of human beings. Young people need to learn that elders are people like themselves, just later in life." ~Julia T. Alvarez

Ambassador, Alternate Representative of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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