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 Volume 10, Issue 26
July 1, 2015
Generations United at the White House Conference on Aging!
The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA), which is only held once every 10 years, takes place this year on July 13. We're honored that Donna Butts has been invited to participate. This year's event will be an opportunity to focus on the importance of the intergenerational perspective. Learn more and see how you can participate
Forbes Article on the Sandwich Generation Quotes Generations United
In her article, " When Your Parents Move In And Your Kids Don't Move Out...," Lisa Wirthman got tips from experts on how to make the household a harmonious one. On the benefits of sharing a home, Donna Butts said, "Living in multigenerational households often strengthens family relationships and creates more resources, such as help with children and sharing household costs." Read the article.
Thank you, Brookdale Foundation!
Generations United thanks the Brookdale Foundation for sponsoring the Grandfamilies Award at our conference, Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale, July 21-24, 2015, Honolulu, HI !
Dr. Nancy Henkin
Generations United Welcomes Nancy Henkin!                
We're thrilled to announce that Dr. Nancy Henkin, the founder and former executive director of The Intergenerational Center at Temple University, will join us as our senior fellow! Her experience and wisdom are invaluable.  Over the past 30 years, Dr. Henkin has developed a wide range of cross-age programs and has consulted with numerous local, national and international organizations in the aging, youth and education fields. Learn more about Dr. Henkin | Contact Dr. Henkin.
Congrats to Our 2015 Programs of Distinction Designees
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 designated 2015 through 2017: Elder Service Partner Program  at Messiah College Department of Human Development and Family Services;  Grandparent Family Apartments  at Presbyterian Senior Services;  Intergenerational Place, Permanence and Shared Social Purpose  at Bridge Meadows; Opening Minds through Art  at Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center; The Intergenerational School; and TimeSlips Creative Storytelling-Creative Trusts Learn more.  Over the next few weeks, stay tuned to learn more about each program.

Intergenerational Action on a Global Scale

Meet Generations United's 2015 Award Recipients

Click here if missed last week's introduction. This week, we introduce the Gary & Mary West Foundation and the Family Education & Support Services!


The Gary and Mary West Foundation was created in 2006 to make a significant impact on the quality of life in the community and in our country. Two of the foundation's central areas focus on improving the quality of life of low-income older adults and helping urban youth who are not going on to college find employment. Read the full profile. 


Operating in three counties in the western portion of Washington, the Family Education and Support Services (FESS) is particularly active in supporting kinship care, also known as grandfamilies. Not only does FESS offer kinship caregiver parent education through support groups and increase access to resources in the community with kinship navigator services, they also providing support via an emergent need fund. Read the full profile.  

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Early Bird Rate for Senior Corp's National Conference Ends July 6!

Be sure to register now at the early bird rate for Senior Corps' national conference, "Celebrate the Power of Experience," Sept. 9-12, 2015 in Reston, VA! With exciting keynote speakers and break-out sessions, this event will provide practical and up-to-date training to take home and use immediately! You'll also have opportunities to network with fellow directors, leaders from the field, and officers from CNCS. Learn more

Generations United Shout Out!                
Congratulations to the Treehouse Foundation on their 100 percent graduation and 100 percent to college achievement!
September is Go4Life Month!
Go4Life Month is a national campaign to raise the awareness about the health benefits of physical activity for all ages. If you're 50 and older, Do Something Grand this Grandparents Day by modeling good physical activity and healthy eating habits for your grandchildren, or a grand friend. Learn more
Want to be Considered for a Bookend Blog?

Three years ago, we started a series known as the Bookend Blog. (see: Betty White's Off Their Rockers.) The series got its name from our contributing writers, youth and older adults, both of whom we refer to as the "bookends" that hold our civil society together. Bookend bloggers comment on current events and offer generational perspectives. Does this sound like you? Let us know if you want to be considered for our Bookend Blog.

A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks  Evelyn Lucking at Central Village  and the Terrell Fund (with Matthew Melmed) 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.
Start Planning Now for Grandparents Day 2015
Are you going to Do Something Grand for Grandparents Day (Sept. 13)?  Check out our website for resources and updates. Let us know what you're planning so we can highlight creative ideas through our blog, social media and Generations This Week e-newsletter before the celebrations begin.

Opening for an Intergenerational Position in Blacksburg, VA!

Neighbors Growing Together, a Generations United Programs of Distinction, is seeking a Therapeutic Program Manager for their Virginia Tech Adult Day Services. This person will be responsible for planning and implementing therapeutic programming for older adult participants as well as teaching and training undergraduate students across health and human services disciplines. The position requires a Master's Degree. See full job description.

Culture United


Publisher's Weekly: "In this tasty trip, Rosalba is 'always going places' with her grandmother--abuela. During one of their bird-feeding outings to the park, Rosalba wonders aloud, 'What if I could fly?' Thus begins an excursion through the girl's imagination as she soars high above the tall buildings and buses of Manhattan, over the docks and around the Statue of Liberty with Abuela in tow. Each stop of the glorious journey evokes a vivid memory for Rosalba's grandmother and reveals a new glimpse of the woman's colorful ethnic origins. Dorros's text seamlessly weaves Spanish words and phrases into the English narrative, retaining a dramatic quality rarely found in bilingual picture books. Rosalba's language is simple and melodic, suggesting the graceful images of flight found on each page." 


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.

Cool Ideas
Volunteers for Community Impact
This week's cool idea is Volunteers for Community Impact, which sponsors the Foster Grandparent Program, RSVP, and VCI Cyber-Seniors throughout Central Florida, allowing adults ages 55 and older to connect with young people through a variety of sources.  T weet your cool intergenerational ideas  to   #cooligideas You can also p ost 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 . Learn more about Volunteers for Community Impact .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities

Grants to Massachusetts and Rhode Island Residents. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is currently accepting requests in the following two focus areas: Policy and Advocacy. Support is provided for efforts that advance communities toward achieving age-friendly status. Funded programs should be collaborative and involve participants from all community arenas. Deadline: July 20, 2015. Learn more


Family Literacy. Awards ranging from $200 to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations that support family literacy. The program focuses on fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs, breaking the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy. Deadline: Rolling. 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
Noodle Soup
This group specializes in developing low-literacy and easy-to-read materials that inspire pregnant women, new moms or parents to take care of themselves and do their best for their children.  Learn more

Caregiving & Senior Health 

This catalog focuses on practical information and is reviewed by both peers and professionals. It provides readers with over 150 tools to support caregivers in their challenging role and to support adults in healthy aging. Learn more

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, Under One Roof
and Connecting Generations
These excellent Generations United resources are available for the shipping and handling price - Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards - $4.50, Under One Roof - $4.50, Connecting Generations - $5.50.  Order your copies today!
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 GIA Annual Conference. Grantmakers in Aging. Washington, DC. October 28-30, 2015.Learn more


Grandparents As Parents Conference. Grandparents As Parents. Covington, KY. Sept. 11, 2015. Learn more

LeadingAge HackFest. LeadingAge. Boston, MA. Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015. Learn more
"In a family where the old do not fear death, the young do not fear life.~Erik Erikson

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Alan King 

Communications Specialist

Generations United 


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