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Generations United on NPR
Congrats to Marcus Mariota and Hawaii!
Are You Fearless Enough to Be an Elder?
Journal of Intergenerational Relationships' Free Access and Special Offer
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Request for Grandfamilies
Strengthening Families Act Webinar Recording Online
Up - Culture United
Generations United Seeks a Project Manager
Hanukkah at Aviv Centers for Living - Cool Ideas
Funding Opportunities
Great Resources
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 Volume 9, Issue 50
December 17, 2014
Generations United on NPR                
NPR's Morning Edition and Jennifer Ludden did a segment, "When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies," which includes an interview with Donna Butts on the number of grandparents raising grandchildren. "Many of the grandparents - about 58 percent," Donna said, "are still working, so trying to juggle taking care of a child." Learn more
Congrats to Marcus Mariota and Hawaii!
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Marcus Mariota, the first Hawaiian to win the Heisman Trophy, explained what we hope to learn from Hawaiians during our 2015 conference 

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawai'i. "Ohana means family - that's it right there," Mariota said. "In Hawaii, if one person is successful, the entire state is successful. To be a part of that, it's so special." Take advantage of early registration at the advanced rate (until Dec.31). Don't miss out on our incredible line-up that includes pre-conference/site visits, inspiring keynotes, motivating educational sessions, culture-based and environmental action projects and more. Learn more

Are You Fearless Enough to Be an Elder?

Yesterday was Margaret Mead's birthday. Donna Butts remembers the famous anthropologist in a new Huffington Post blog while also honoring the role older adults play in quality early education. "Mead, who was born 113 years ago today," Donna wrote, "believed that 'somehow, we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future.'" Learn more

Journal of Intergenerational Relationships' Free Access and Special Offer

The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships is allowing free access to Matthew Kaplan and Melinda Perez-Porter's article, "Support for Grandfamilies: A Mosaic of Intervention Strategies," until Dec. 31, 2015. See flyer for more info, then access the article. Check out their brochure to learn more about manuscript submissions, special rate and more. 

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks Larry Minnix and Pam SmithMerci. 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.

Request for Grandfamilies

A producer with a national TV show, which covers today's hottest financial topics, is seeking grandfamilies (grandparents, or other older adults, raising children) for a possible segment on how such households can avoid, or get out of, debt. The grandfamilies must be willing to fill out a full financial disclosure* and appear on camera. The show's host, an internationally-acclaimed personal finance expert, will offer the grandfamily advice to help them avoid, or get out of, debt. If you would like to recommend a family, please pass along their name and contact information to Generations United's Communications Specialist Alan King*Filling out the financial disclosure doesn't guarantee the grandfamily will be on the show.

Strengthening Families Act Webinar Recording Online
If you missed last week's webinar by Advocates for Families First, check out the recording. Stay up to date on AFF's webinar series here
Culture United


Carl Fredricksen is a widower and retired balloon salesman, who's ready to travel the world in his flying house. With thousands of balloons tied to his roof and front porch, he sets off to see the world. When Carl discovers Russell, an 8-year-old stowaway, he's at first irritated. But the young boy scout grows on the 78-year-old. Along the way to Paradise Falls, the two embark on an adventure, encountering a talking dog and a 13-foot tall flightless bird. The world's most unlikely duo find a sense of purpose in each other's 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. 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.

Generations United Seeks a Project Manager

Generations United is seeking a full time project manager in our Washington, DC office. See full job description.

Hanukkah at Aviv Centers for Living - Cool Ideas
Here's a cool idea: Hanukkah was celebrated at the annual Latkepalooza, a community Hanukkah celebration, on Sunday, December 14, at Aviv Centers for Living in Peabody, MA.  The event featured a variety of intergenerational programs including a Latke Bake-Off Competition and Tasting, workshops and activities all ages, entertainment, vendor boutique for holiday shopping, story hour and sing-along. 

Tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to #cooligideas. You can also post them to our Intergenerational Connections 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.
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

IAHSA/CAST Technology Forum Final Report

The final report from the IAHSA/CAST Applied Research Forum on Technology and Ageing, which took place in Amsterdam in September, summarizes older adult needs that technologies can address, research and evaluate. Needs range from social isolation to fall prevention and detection, to wandering. 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!

Medicare and Medicaid: The Next 50 Years. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. Jan. 28 - 29, 2015. Learn more


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 


"Somehow, we have to get older people back close to growing children if we are to restore a sense of community, a knowledge of the past, and a sense of the future." ~Margaret Mead


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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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